Fat Loss Misconceptions - Which Are You Falling For?

While there are many different theories on fat loss and how to create an effective fat loss diet and workout program, there are some big misconceptions that people fall for time and time again.

By identifying these misconceptions you help get the facts straight on only how much progress you're making but also on the correct ways to go about losing weight.

Here are the big ones to watch for.

1. You will maintain the same rate of weight loss throughout your diet.

While this is what we all want to believe, it isn't likely to happen. Initial weight will drop faster than later weight both because you are at a higher body fat percentage, and because much of what you'll be losing initially will be water weight or muscle glycogen.

2. Eating before bed will cause weight gain.

Wrong. Eating too many calories will cause weight gain. If the nighttime eating is putting you over your calorie budget for the day, then yes, that is a problem and will hinder results.

3. You should be lifting weights as frequently as possible.

True, studies have demonstrated that the more frequently you can target a muscle the better for developmental purposes, but hitting it before it's recovered will do the opposite - worsen your results.

Rest is critical. There has to be this balance.

4. Cardio is essential for fat loss.

Nope. You can actually lose fat really well with just a weight lifting and sound diet program, but cardio does have positive health benefits so I'd never recommend against omitting it entirely.

5. Eating more frequent meals will speed up your metabolism.

Wrong again. The metabolism will speed up in proportion to how much food is consumed. Eat smaller meals, the metabolism will speed up to a smaller degree. Eat larger meals.... and you can guess the rest.

Everything is in proportion. More frequent meals can control hunger better in some individuals, however.

So, be sure to keep these five points in mind. Falling for them is going to give you an incorrect picture on what it takes to lose weight properly.



Chorwin said...

Any better way to cut bodyfat and not to lose muscle. Most of the time, when building mass, we gain body fat as well. I want add muscle, and at the same time reduce body to below 10%. Any advice?

Shannon Clark said...

Thanks for the question. Unfortunately building muscle and losing body fat are two completely opposite processes so it's extremely hard (if not impossible for the trained individual) to do both simultaneously. Your best bet is to pick one goal (muscle building or fat loss), work towards it, and then switch gears once you've obtained that goal.