If you´ve tried to lose weight at least one time you may have heard and maybe followed some of all the myths and lies of the fitness industry. Everything is designed to get you spending as much money as possible, but what about your results? And what about your health?
Today we´re just going to talk about 3 of the biggest lies and myths that most fitness trainers, experts and gurus may have told you.
1.- You need to eat every 2 or 3 hours.- How many times have you heard that you need to have 5 meals a day or 3 meals and 2 snacks? That you need to eat every 2 or 3 hours to keep sugar levels in balance or that you need to give your body protein especially BCAAs otherwise you start losing muscle? All this are lies, you don´t need 5 meals a day, you don´t need to eat every 2 or 3 hours. There are so many research and studies showing the benefits of intermittent fasting or restrictive eating, it not only helps you lose fat and stay lean but it has benefits for overall health and longevity. Fasting is not new, it has been practiced by almost all religions for different reasons. In fact eating 5 meals a day makes it harder to stick to any diet because you´re constantly thinking about food especially if you´re not able to prepare your meals. We´ll talk on a future post on fasting but for now you only need to know that you don´t need to have 5 meals per day.
2.- You need to do cardio.- If you follow any weight loss program you´ll be doing a lot of cardio, whether it´s steady state cardio or intervals. For some reason people still believe that cardio is the best way to lose weight but this not true. Even when cardio has some benefits for your health and it can help you burn calories it´s not the best way to lose weight. Resistance training is a better type of exercise that will help you lose weight and keep it off. So you don´t need to do long and boring sessions of steady state cardio and you don´t need to do those intense and short sessions of HIIT, prioritize resistance training and add some cardio to increase physical activity throughout the day.
3.- You need supplements.- When someone set a weight loss goal and start their fitness journey for some reason we think that we need to eat really clean and lean foods, that we need to do tones of cardio and that we need some supplements. If you ask a fitness expert or gurus more often than not, they will give you suggestions of what they consider to be the best supplement for your goal. To be honest you don´t need any supplement to lose weight, the industry sells so many different powders and magic pills claiming that they´re so effective, the reality is that those supplements are not effective and they can cause more harm to your body and health. The way that the industry makes money is by selling supplements, so you need to be careful of what you buy. Do not waste money on supplements that don´t work.
There is a lot to talk about regarding supplements, cardio, diet and everything related to weight loss and we´ll keep sharing all that information. Another point I want to consider in a future posts is the most famous advice “eat less – move more”, I´m sure you´ve heard about it, this advice is not a lie or a myth, the problem with it is that it´s incomplete. There are more things you need to consider before you are able to follow that advice which I consider to be the last step or the last thing we need to consider for sustainable weight loss.
As we keep sharing all this posts with you, you´ll soon realize that it´s not that hard to lose weight and keep it off, it´s actually simple and that most of the information you´ve read, heard and even follow was not the truth and some of it was holding you back or even creating more damage and making it harder for you to achieve your goal.
Once you know the truth, once you work smart and hard by doing the right things you´ll find out that the hardest part is getting your mindset right, and understanding how everything works, weight loss is about understanding how your body works and the message that each type of exercise sends to your body and the message or data that food sends to your body. It´s about understanding how your hormones and metabolism are the ones having a bigger impact on your weight and once you get them working in harmony as the should, optimal health and sustainable weight loss becomes really easy.
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