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THE 10 MYTHS OF FAT LOSS

26th April 2018

Carlisle PT and weight loss coach Graham Lawson tackles the 10 myths of fat loss!

If fat loss frustrates you, confuses you at times or you simply want to refine it then these points will be for you.

1) - CARDIO HAS TO BE USED
Completely untrue. Cardio is simply a tool. The priority during fat loss is to create a calorie debt, nothing more. 
Cardio is only one option that can be used amongst a HUUUGGEE amount of other exercise methods.
Only use it if wanted or as and when needed.

2) - SUPPLEMENTS HAVE TO BE USED
Just no! Supplements in my opinion should only be used to make up for nutritional deficiencies or to assist performance. 
For fat loss, you can get someone pretty damn lean with minimal to no supplements.

3) - PEOPLE HAVE TO TRAIN MORE THAN 3-4 TIMES PER WEEK 
Again no. Providing activity level is high enough and the 3-4 training sessions are of adequate quality and duration. 
3-4 training sessions per week is more than adequate.
Three quarters of the transformations pictures you see on this page had people training 4 times or less per week. 

4) - PEOPLE HAVE TO CUT OUT CARBS
Nope. They're the preferred energy source of the body and brain. So why would we take them out?
It's simply about management of the amount specific to the individual.

5) - YOU CAN'T EAT AFTER 6PM
Don't believe this. The reason that people find this may work is because it simply reduces how much food they eat after tea and keeps them in a claorie debt.
If nutrition is planned well, eating after 6pm would be beneficial to fat loss and recovery in my opinion.

6) - YOU HAVE TO USE FASTED CARDIO
Absolutely not. No evidence or studies to support his over cardio carried out after eating food or a liquid based meal.
If anything, it's been shown to keep the body prioritising protein for energy over fats during the session for the vast majority of a session unless the person is significantly overweight. 

7) - YOU CAN'T EAT SUGAR
During a training session, simple sugars are actually the perfect way to improve performance by giving the body a continual supply of carbohydrates/energy throughout the session.
This can actually help us create a bigger calorie debt due to a better performance in training!
After a session, they're also a great way raise blood sugar again as well as assist with recovery.

8) - YOU CAN'T EAT FAT
Nope, it's essential and has to be in the diet for health. Eliminating it is simply a unhealthy way to reduce calories.

9) - YOU HAVE TO ELIMINATE FOODS YOU ENJOY
Not at all. Elimination of foods we enjoy usually leads to binging on them at some point and comes down to will power with regards to how long someone can last.
Keep them in and simply manage the portion sizing or how frequently they're eaten.

10) - YOU CAN'T GO OUT FOR A MEAL WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY OR YOUR PARTNER
Again, not at all. Doing that usually leads to people feeling more restricted and hating the fat loss process. 
It simply comes down to intelligent planning when they're kept in.

If you would like any more information of how you can increase your fat loss, feel free to speak a member of staff in club!