Top 3 Fat Loss Myths

· June 27, 2016 · 2 minutes to read

Top Three Fat Loss Myths

As a personal trainer [the clue’s in the title], my services are all about you. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about how I could help you reach your fat loss goals.

So, this is all about fat loss myths, those facts-set-in-stone that you thought you knew about nutrition and fitness but which quite frankly, are no longer relevant. Yes, everything progresses including current thinking on fat loss.

I’d urge you to do your own research or to contact me for more information. These are just what Dean has learnt through years of study and implementing this with clients.

Lets crack into it

1. Low Fat Diets are the Best Way to Fat Loss

Despite our obsession with everything low fat, as a nation, we are fatter than ever. How so? Back in the 1970’s, even through the lack of credible evidence, many prominent boffins decided that fat, especially saturated fat was the real baddie.
So, everyone embraced the low-fat mantra but this almost naturally involved a high-carb, processed diet at the same time. Restricting calories with a low-fat regime has simply not worked.

Examine everything labelled “low fat” with extreme care. To compensate taste-wise, it’s likely to contain stuff that is really not good for you at all. Embrace the natural fats in nuts, avocados etc (avoid things like refined vegetable oil and trans fats – the artificial stuff) and their nutritional benefits and natural filling-you-up properties will not make you fat if eaten in the right portion sizes.

Avoid sugar. This is worth a blog all on its own.

2. Fill up on Starchy Carbohydrates

Previous (and to be honest, current) government advice and linked to myth no. 1. Bonkers, this one and again, based on poor research.

You know what these are: white pasta, white potatoes, white rice and bread are the key players.
When we consume carbohydrates, our bodies break them down into sugar for energy, releasing hormone called insulin. But we’re not burning this energy off. Processed carbs – white pasta, white bread – are broken down rapidly, literally pumping this powerful hormone into our bodies like it’s going out of fashion.

Too much insulin production and our systems just don’t cope too well. The pancreas goes into overdrive and as a result, some of us develop insulin resistance (the inability to process insulin effectively), which presents a danger of developing type II diabetes.

3. Lots of Cardiovascular Exercise Will Help You to Lose Weight

A big misconception here but one that persists.
Cardio is defined by raising your heart rate by training at a steady rate over a period of time.

Think jogging, running on a treadmill, and aerobics.

Not long ago we believed that it was the key to weight loss BUT although you are burning plenty of calories here, you’re not developing muscular strength and tension to burn fat while you’re resting. The goal of increasing your metabolism is to burn fat while you’re inactive.

So, drag yourself out of bed for an early morning run if you will; you’ll feel great afterwards and yes, all exercise is essentially “good for you” BUT you’re mostly only burning calories whilst you’re doing it.

Phew, we’re knackered already.

My programmes focus on training with weights, including the ViPR and kettlebells. Strength training builds lean muscle mass, which increases your metabolism AND decreases fat. The more muscle you build, the more calories you burn on a daily basis. Combine this with the right nutrition and fitness programme as a result of my Biosignature analysis and you’ll be burning fat – and fast.

So, there you go.

I bet you never knew all that, did you?

My name is Dean Rahaman owner and creator of 360 Fitness and Coaching, working with women and men to help them lose fat and increase their fitness levels.

Give me a call today on 07815 704 720.

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