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Burning fat to achieve and maintain a healthy weight doesn’t have to be complicated. There's lot of people who would like you to believe it is, but it isn’t.
Weight loss culture is filled with myths and suspect science that is holding you back. Its our job at Ryfields Gym to put the myths right and help you make some quick changes to get you closer to your goals.
Myth 1. You've turned your fat into muscle!
Muscles and body fat are two distinct tissues. They have different structures, different functions, and react to workout in different ways. Therefore, as commonly perceived, you CANNOT turn fat into muscle or vice versa!
You can burn fat away by reducing your calories, and you can build muscle by increasing your calories and eating plenty of lean protein but they are not the same.
Myth 2. You Need to Swap Saturated Fats For “Good” Fats
“Most foods contain a mixture of both types,” says nutrition consultant Steve Grant. “It’s not one way or the other.” What’s more, the saturated fat in grass-fed rib-eye contains roughly the same calories as the supposedly healthier salmon. Plus, feta weighs in lighter than nuts.
Fat gets a bad rep on the diet circuit but its essential to health. You'd be better placed monitoring calories than fat content in the first instance as you ease your way back to health.
Myth 3. Carbs Are the Enemy
2009 called, and it wants its meal plans back. Some people can and do thrive on minimal carbs, but there’s no real need. Aim for 1g of carbs per kilo of bodyweight in the hour after training: the optimal formula for storing those grams as muscle, not fat.
Most of us think of bread, cakes and pasties when we think of carbs, but vegetables and fruits are sources of carbohydrates too. Sure, cut the bread down a bit to help you manage your calories but don't swear off carbs all together.
Myth 4. You Need Regular Rest Days
True, you can’t go at it 100% all the time. But gently training the same muscles you targeted yesterday – cycling after squats, say – can counteract pain and boost circulation, improving nutrient delivery to your quads and helping you maintain weight loss.
Its also really important to get into a good healthy routine. Throwing in too many rest can upset your rhythm and make it harder to develop a habit.
Maybe just aim for one day off every 7-10 days and you're on your way to a good thing.
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