Fat Burning – The Myths
We have all heard a lot of “expert” advice regarding losing fat, the most common one being, sweating = burning fat, or that wearing a trash bag and many layers of clothing will help. It’s about time we adjourned these myths!
Let’s start by the basics. Your body burns either fat or carbohydrates, depending on the intensity of your activity. But when it comes to losing weight, calories are just calories. You won’t burn any significant amount of fat if you are a couch potato, because it has everything to do with the rise in your heartbeat. Now that this fact has been established, it’s time to address the three most common myths about Fat burning !
• Myth: Sweating causes fat burning.
The truth: Sweating does not necessarily mean fat burning. As mentioned above, fat burning is related to the rise in your heart rate. However, if the sweat is due to some cardio exercise, then yes, in that case, you are burning fat! Therefore, a cardio routine is a must if you really want to burn fat. But sitting in a Sauna without doing any exercise, won’t do you any good.
• Myth: Low intensity exercise (walking, etc.) , High intensity activities (running, etc).
The truth: In a strictly scientific sense, these claims are true because working at a low intensity requires less quick energy; therefore a higher percentage of fat is burned. But you will also burn fewer calories than you would if, for the same amount of time, you did a hard intensity workout. If you are working at low intensity, it is necessary to increase the time spent exercising to burn more calories. What matters most is the total number of calories burned. If you burned 250 calories a day with a short run, you will see a big difference in weight and fat loss than if you walked every day for the same amount of time. The number of fat calories you burn is not that important, because even if you burn a lot of calories from carbohydrates, they must be replaced either by carbohydrates you consume in your diet and also in your body. Your fat stores are broken down and transformed into carbohydrates when you need fuel!
• Myth: Burning fat = Losing weight.
The truth: Not many people realize that losing weight does not necessarily mean fat burning. If you go a whole day without eating or drinking anything (except water), you will lose around 6 pounds. But what you lost is merely your water weight. Get back to your regular diet the next day, and you’ll get your 6 pounds back. You should know that skipping meals won’t help you at all. A balanced diet with a good exercise routine definitely will!
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