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7 Big Weight Loss Myths

1. Working out at high intensity allows you to burn more fat.
When you work out at high intensity, oxidation or burning of fat for energy is minimal. More fat is burned during moderate exercise. This is the reason why for faster weight loss, you should exercise in this so-called fat burning zone.

However, some studies have shown that alternating between high and moderate intensity exercises may allow you to burn fat more quickly. This is commonly referred to as interval training. Still, exercising at only high intensity should be avoided.

2. Gaining weight is just a natural part of aging.
The reason will gain weight as we grow older is because our metabolism slows down. The reason it slows down is because of lack of physical activity. Studies have shown that exercise can raise your metabolism. Equally true is that exercise can help you maintain it as well.

3. Since its fat free you can have as much as you want.
If fat were the only nutrient that caused you to gain weight, than this would be true. But the reality is that it is excess calories that causes you to get fat. Even if you cut out all fat in your diet, which you should never do, and you ingested to many calories, you would gain body fat. Period.

4. Exercising on an empty stomach allows you to burn more fat.
Exercising on an empty stomach not only leads to faster fatigue, it also causes you to burn more muscle in place of fat. To burn fat efficiently, your body needs an ample supply of carbohydrates. In fact, since fat requires carbohydrates for catabolism, it said that in a sense, “fats burn in a carbohydrate flame.”

5. The best exercise for weight loss is X.
Just about everyone claims that there is an ideal exercise for burning fat– just check out the infomercials on the television. The truth is that there does happen to be an ideal exercise. It just happens to be whichever one that you like doing.

6. The longer you exercise, the more fat you burn.
After a certain period of time, you burn off the carbs that are needed to help burn fat efficiently. When this happens, your body starts using muscle. Even though a small amount of fat is still being burned, more of the energy starts coming from muscle tissue. Plus the longer you exercise, the higher your risk of injury becomes.

7. Exercising your abs removes belly fat.
This is probably the biggest myth out there. And it is no doubt fueled by marketers peddling a multitude of abs contraptions on the TV. The only thing that these machines as well as sit ups do is strengthen your abs underneath the fat. Removing the fat requires, not only exercise, but also a proper diet..

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