Fat Burning Myths

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There are many myths that have been passed around through the ages about how fat burning works. Some of these myths have been around so long and have been repeated so many times that even the trainers and experts you visit to get advice and guidance on fat burning propagate those myths and don’t know it is actually a myth, without scientific fact.

So here’s a breakdown of some of the most common myths about fat burning and an explanation detailing the truth of the matter!

Myth 1: When you work out you should aim to shut out carb calories

This has a grain of truth to it, but in the end, the way it is meant is mostly untrue. This myth means that for effective fat loss and weight loss, you need to be burning more fat calories than carb calories.

The thing about your body is, no matter what you are doing, you are always burning both carb calories and fat calories. The ratio at which this burning of fat and carb occurs differs from person to person.

It is true that for a good weight loss program you need to be burning a lot of fat calories. The fat calories are the accumulated calories of the body. They are the energy reserves or ‘stored body fat’, which the body is very stringent about using, as it is the body’s back up plan and precaution against any event of high demand for energy.

The body always burns carbohydrates first. The carbohydrate calories are the every day energy burning of the body. This is why when you are tired, eating a high carb energy drink or some high sugar snack really boosts you right back up.

The body prefers to first only burn its carb calories. But when you work out longer and harder and when your body is pushed farther, it starts to burn fat to get the energy.

So this myth’s logic that when doing exercise you need to work out to the point where your body switches to start burning fat calories because this is what will reduce weight in the long run – this is true!

What is not true however is that you only lose weight by burning fat calories. Weight loss can happen no matter what calories you’re burning. Faster weight loss occurs when you start burning fat calories as well, but any sort of calorie reduction gets you a slimmer physique!

Even if your work outs only last long enough to burn more carb calories and fat burning doesn’t occur much, it still doesn’t matter. If you make sure to maintain a low carbohydrate and high protein food as your primary diet, then in order to replenish itself of the lost calories, the body will start dipping into its fat reserves and start burning fat to give itself more energy to replace the burnt carb calories.

So the net result is that you lose a lot of weight anyway, because irrespective of whether you are working out to lose carb calories or fat calories, your body itself does start breaking down and burning the fat!

Myth 2: Slow intensity is better than high intensity

This is again something based on a grain of truth, but not actually the whole truth. Many doctors and trainers and diet planners recommend that you do a slow intensity work out and tell you that it is what is good ‘in the longer run’.

Theoretically and scientifically this does make sense. Slow intensity work outs involve doing the same exercise at a brisk, steady pace for a very long period of time, so that your body settles into a neutral fat burning mode and keeps consistently burning fat.

However, the statement that slows intensity work out is better than high intensity fat burning workouts is debatable.

In high intensity workouts for fat burning, you keep switching from burst of very fast, very intense working out, to intervals or lag periods where you continue the same exercise at a more sedate pace. And then your switch back to another burst of very intense working out, and come back to a slower pace after a few minutes.

This type of highly fluctuating and intensely energetic working out boosts up your metabolism to very great degree. Your body does not attain a steady fat burning mode – instead it is constantly in ‘ON’ or active mode of metabolism and in the end you end up burning way more calories in half the time, than you would in a slow intensity fat burning work out.

High intensity may seem like the flashy new toy in fat burning regimens, but it truly is very effective, not to mention much more time saving and you burn more calories at the end than you would in a slow intensity work out!

Myth 3: The longer you do an exercise, the more calories it burns

Again, a half-truth. It is true that doing an exercise for twenty minutes is better than doing an exercise for ten minutes. After twenty minutes of the same exercise, your body switches over from carbohydrate calorie burning to start burning the fat calories, so your fat accumulation starts getting significantly impacted.

However, the same result can be achieved with much greater results and efficiency by doing high intensity ten minute work outs in one equipment and then switching over to some other pattern of work out.

For example, instead of say, running on a tread mill for forty minutes – do a high intensity, highly variable tread mill work out for twenty minutes. And then, get off the tread mill and do some intense squats and scrunches for ten minutes. And then get on a cycle or an elliptical trainer, and do a five to ten minute work out.

Varying your work out methods like this and also varying the intensity and speed within each Adonis Golden Ratio workout exercise, has a far greater efficiency in fat burning and weight loss, that doing the same exercise for a longer period of time.

These are three of the most common fat burning myths. They all have grains of truth to them, but now you know have whole and clearer picture about the exact truth to each of these fat burning myths!

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