Sunday, September 6, 2009

Getting Rid Of Fat - Myths Exposed

By Nikki Davila

Many of us would like to get rid a few extra pounds, but there are quite a few misconceptions about this topic which actually hinder your efforts to stay fit.

One of the myths is that you have to do cardiology training first thing in the morning when your stomach is empty. The truth is, it really does not matter what time of the day you exercise. We all burn fat when your calorie consumption exceeds your level of intake.

Another myth is that you have to do cardiology and target a fat-burning zone. In fact, training this way does not work much on your muscles, and therefore you do not get to burn fat effectively. The best method to be applied is interval training, as doing so allows you to continue to burn calories even hours after your workout.

Next, don't believe that you have to exercise really intensely to achieve results. Everyone has a different body type and physical limitation. Research has shown that exercising at medium intensity for over 30 minutes at a time will produce the best fat losing result. You need to try a few different workouts to find out the optimal one for yourself.

In terms of dieting, the good news is that you do not have to give up your eating fun to stay in perfect shape. The common belief that the less you eat the more weight you get lose is not totally true. In fact, the most effective way of dieting is to eat more frequently but in small portions each time. This way, you not only feel fuller throughout the day, but also will keep up your metabolism. After some while, you will be able to form a body that is not so prone to put on fat.

Fewer calorie intake is not always good, and there are two major reasons for that. First, you body will slow down its metabolism to adjust to the lower calorie intake, which will slow down your speed to lose further fat in future. Second, you can only effectively lose your fat by combining dieting and exercise, and getting enough nutrients will allow you to carry out the exercise required. As a general rule, you should aim to get over 50 percent of your calorie from fresh fruit and veggies, and always go for food that are in their most natural states. Stay away from junk food, canned food and other processed food wherever possible.

If you want to achieve a long-term fitness goal, you need to progress gradually. Remember, different people have different physiques, and methods working on one person do not necessarily work on you. However, as long as you understand the basics and avoid the misconception, you will be on the right track.

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