If you’ve fallen for these, I don’t blame you. (I fell for them too once upon a time.)
These are the two major reasons why smart, committed people see absolutely zero results despite REALLY REALLY TRYING.
(Your body fat doesn’t care if you’re TRYING really really hard. Hate to break it to you.)
What are these myths?
Myth #1: In order to lose weight, you have to spend HOURS on the treadmill or elliptical every week.
If this is you, cut that shit out ASAP.
The reality of long-distance cardio is that even though you’re burning calories WHILE you’re doing it, once you’re off the treadmill, that’s it, you’re done.
Your metabolism stays the same. Which means all that hard work was for nothing.
BTW Another barely talked about side-effect of spending hours on the treadmill is the decrease in TESTOSTERONE that has been scientifically shown to take effect immediately after.
This has so many negative ramifications I don’t even know where to begin.
(There’s no better way to kill your sex drive, fat-burning and muscle building than to lower your testosterone.)
Myth #2: In order to lose weight, you have to essentially STARVE yourself.
This is so stupid on so many levels.
I constantly see people going on extreme weight loss swings only to balloon back up in a matter of weeks.
This is almost always a result of uneducated, misguided, idiotic, dieting.
The MAJOR issue with this strategy is that although you’ll lose body fat in the beginning (since you’re in a caloric deficit from starving yourself)...
...your body will eventually turn to eating away at your muscles in order to feed itself.
And that is seriously horrific.
Muscle is your best friend in the battle against body fat.
In fact, a POUND OF MUSCLE burns about 50 calories per day without you even lifting a finger.
So every pound of muscle lost means 50 calories you COULD have been burning, but didn’t.
That’s seriously fucked up.
THE OTHER MAJOR DOWNSIDE of extreme dieting is that it royally fucks up your METABOLISM.
As your body enters starvation mode, you’ll notice feeling massively drained and sluggish.
That’s a sign that your body is lowering its metabolic rate in order to save energy.
That means the fat loss you were seeing in the beginning of the diet starts to slow to a crawl.
It’s at this point that people QUIT. Naturally.
Only to gain back all the weight they lost PLUS usually even more fat.