5 Myths about your Weight Loss Goals in 2015

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I want you to succeed. I want you to make this year the year that you are going all the way in your fitness goals. Today’s blog is about fat loss.

Myths that can cost you your weight/fat loss success:

  • Myth 1: Unprocessed food will lead to fat loss, guaranteed: While I am a big proponent of eating minimally processed food, it does not mean you have an “All You Can Eat Permission”. It is simply not true. In order to be healthy, lose fat and look the way you want, you need to make changes. Eating a clean diet consisting of minimally or unprocessed foods is a big step towards it. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, fibers, protein, phytonutrients, etc. That does not mean you can eat as much as you want though. Check out my “Fall Fat Flush” for more information on how your food intake can look like. The amounts of food are just as important. Eating too little or too much can sabotage your goals.
  • Myth 2: Steady State Cardio is Bad, High Intensity Training (HIIT) is good: You need to get away from absolutes. If you decide to go on a long walk or a 3 mile run without throwing intervals into it, you still rev up your metabolism for that time period. Given, HIIT has shown to be highly effective in increasing your metabolism for up to hours after you are done, and it is shorter, but, it is also a higher stress on your system and should not be done more than 2-3 times a week. You might have to build a good base before doing it, or your health situation might not  permit you to do HIIT training currently. Different cardiovascular training methods fulfill different needs.
  • Myth 3: Strength Training is all you need to lose weight: While it is true that strength training is an integral part of a well designed weight/fat loss program because it increases lean fat burning muscle, it won’t be successful without a sound approach to nutrition. In addition our sedentary lifestyles have lead to an increased need for cardiovascular activity in order to maintain health and a relatively high metabolic output. Simply put: We don’t physically work anymore to do our jobs therefore our energy needs are low. I consider even my job as a trainer fairly sedentary. Any physical activity will help.
  • Myth 4: Supplements are necessary to lose weight: That is total nonsense. Most supplements are a complete waste of time and money. Just because something has a 5 star rating on a seller’s page does not mean it works. There are a few supplements that can assist in your fat loss program, but almost all can have interactions with medications that you might be taking.
  • Myth 5: I need to do a complete kitchen makeover in order to be successful: It all depends on what you want to accomplish.  If you are overweight and you want to lose a couple of pounds, the changes necessary are not nearly as big as someone who wants to go from 10% body fat to 5%. It is true, the bigger the effort the bigger the results. That does not mean that by implementing a couple of small changes every 1-2 weeks you won’t have reached your goals by the end of the year.

I hope this was helpful to you. If you are looking for help with your success this coming year then give us a call at 704 777 3743 or email us at michael@charlottepersonaltrainer.org, or check our New Client Special out by clicking here. Mention 5 Myths about your weight loss goal to get an additional 5% off!

Have an awesome day,

 

Michael

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