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Exclusive to Fitness Rocks Nathan smashes some of the most common weight loss myths and reveals easy to follow, yet often forgotten, diet secrets to help you get a flat stomach...
You’re in the gym working out and a gym bunny says “if you try that exercise this way it’ll be really effective”.
That's just the start of many pieces of friendly advice that'll come your way. Mention the word ‘diet’ and everyone becomes a nutrition guru offering opinions on what you should and shouldn’t be eating – at best it’s a little bewildering and at worst it’ll leave you in a space of trepidation that can hold you back. The fitness industry can be a confusing one.
So, let's clear up some of the most common weight loss myths I've come across.
Low fat foods are healthier
Many foods labelled low fat hit on our desire to eat healthier and cut calories. Unfortunately their calorie count is much higher due to extra sugars and thickeners used to increase taste and texture. Cereal bars are a serial offender (oops, not the best joke) there’s an awful lot of sugar that’s used to maintain the texture of the bar.
Abs exercises will tone up your stomach
Unfortunately you can’t ask to burn fat from a particular area of the body no matter how much you want to. So doing loads of crunches and abs exercises to get a toned stomach will be in vain. Yes, you will strengthen some of the muscles but they will remain hidden under a layer of fat unless you adopt an all-round approach to a better lifestyle through nutrition and exercise – ‘Abs are built in the kitchen’.
Diets are the best way to lose weight
My view is that many diets aren’t sustainable – they’re a restrictive process based on deprivation, which forces us to eliminate certain foods. It’s tough to change a habit overnight so add this to the hunger pangs and lethargic feelings associated with dieting and it’s a tough path to stay on. Combine simple and sensible nutrition with exercise so you ultimately lead a healthier lifestyle for long - term success, you won’t get the disillusion that dieting brings this way.
Carbohydrates make you fat
Carbohydrates are fast becoming the bad boy of nutrition. An excess of them will store as body fat and stick to those harsh places like our hips and tummy. The real culprits are ‘simple carbs’ found in refined foods like sweets, cakes and desserts. Vegetables are a fantastic source of carbohydrate without the risk of fat storage and are full of goodness so eat as many as you like.
Weight training will bulk you up
This myth can really limit your chances of success. Lift weights and they’ll be your best friend in the fight against the flab. With the speed of your metabolism the key to losing weight you can’t afford to overlook them. Girls don’t worry about gaining bulging biceps and broad shoulders you can’t produce enough testosterone to stimulate significant muscle growth.
Skipping meals will make you slimmer
This is definitely not the case. All you will be doing is depriving yourself, which you can’t keep up. Instead this will increase fat storage and halt your metabolism completely. Skipping meals really is the ultimate Catch 22 situation. You will not win this way and will put your health at risk.
You can get bikini fit in just days
This is great marketing – bombard us with images of the perfect body on a daily basis and use celebrities to endorse the next diet plan and BANG, the fad diet industry has just nailed many men’s and women’s desire to look better. With many items and wishes now instantly available at the click of a button, the message that you need to put time and effort into getting that dream body is very much hidden.
It’s more expensive to eat healthily
You can eat well without spending a fortune by looking at your current shopping spend and seeing what indulgent foods / alcohol and takeaways can be swapped for healthier food choices to save money. Take time to look at areas where you can cut back in order to reach your goals, even look at some of the ‘value’ ranges for cheaper sources of chicken and other protein foods whilst making use of the many promotions and special offers.
You just have to accept that this is your body
I've heard people and even parents say: “it's not your fault you're just big boned”. Imagine how hard it is to be exposed to these kind of negative thoughts. Ever heard of that saying ‘believe and you will achieve’ - well it’s so true so surround yourself with really positive people who can help you visualise your better body and support you so you know its entirely possible.
Some of these tips may be more difficult for you than others - we all know the little areas we struggle on and the chances are you already know where you're falling down. So start work on what it is you need to fix. Every skill and lesson can be learnt, I'm a great believer in this. The fact is you can do it.