Even fitness experts believe certain things about burning fat that have existed forever but there is little or no scientific backing for those claims. Take a look at this short review of the most popular and wide – spread fat burning myths.
Myth # 1: Cardio Is Best for Fat Loss
Most people believe that performing cardio for long periods of time is the best way to lose stubborn fat.
In reality cardio will help you lose weight, but a significant amount of that weight will potentially be muscle tissue. Losing muscle will slow down your metabolism and as a result you will burn even less fat! Build more muscle and become a fat burning machine! Burn the muscle by performing too much cardio and become skinny fat.
Myth # 2: Spot Reduction
Corporations, fitness gurus and exercise regimes offer ideas of quick fat loss in specific areas such as the thighs or stomach. In reality the spot reduction theory is an absolute myth. Fat loss occurs throughout the body depending upon genetics, sex (hormones), and age. Overall body fat must be reduced to observe loss in any particular area. Although fat is lost or gained throughout the body, it seems the first area to get fat, or the last area to become lean, is usually the midsection, hips and thighs. Don’t waste your time doing thousands of crunches to slim down your waist. Instead, invest your effort into a healthy diet and reasonable exercise.
Myth # 3: You Shouldn’t Eat After 6PM
In reality the amount of calories consumed will determine whether you will lose or gain fat. Secondly you should worry about the macro and micronutrients necessary to keep your body running smoothly. Timing is of secondary importance.
A recent study by Italian researches compared eating in the morning to eating in the evening. The result showed no difference in weight loss between the two groups, but fat burning was actually higher in people who ate their meals after 6pm.
Myth # 4: Eating Every 2-3 Hours Will Speed Up Your Metabolism
Many people preach that small, frequent meals increase your metabolic rate, which is true. But that does not necessarily promote fat loss.
In recent studies it was discovered that groups of people eating the same amount of calories divided into 5 small, or 3 larger meals didn’t show differences in fat burning.
Myth # 5: Fasted Cardio is Necessary to Lose Fat
Training fasted puts you at risk of losing lean muscle mass and we have already discussed why you wouldn’t want to do that. Training in the morning is not really special. What really matters is that you train regularly, intensely and consistently. People like believing in ‘secret’ ways to lose fat that are super-efficient and superior to others. Sorry, I have to disappoint – you will have to work hard for a lean body – day or night!