As a trainer, I am constantly asked about dieting and some of the CRAZY things people try to drop a few pounds. Today I’m going to cover a few questions, myths, and beliefs that I commonly come across.
1) Carbs aren’t good for you and make you fat.
This is totally false! Overeating carbs is bad for you! This theory is typically based on the carb family as a whole, try eating complex carbs such as veggies, fruits, and whole grain products. These are a great source of energy and are generally higher in fiber which will give you the “satisfied” feeling and not leave you wanting seconds.
2) Certain foods are fat burners.
Not even close! Some foods may contain a little caffeine which will speed up your metabolism and heart rate for a short time, but they do not burn fat or cause weight loss.
3) I can eat WHATEVER I want and lose weight as long as I exercise.
Simply put, you will NEVER outrun (out work) a bad diet. The only real way to burn body fat (lose weight) is to burn more calories than you consume on a daily basis. Remember, you’ve got to burn 3,500 calories to lose just one pound. So start with decreasing your daily intake (calories) by 300 and increasing you burn (activity) by 200.
4) Lifting weights turns fat into muscle.
Absolutely not! Does the phrase “turning water into wine” come to any of you? Fat and muscle are two totally different compounds in the body.
5) My friend lost a pound a day, I can do it too.
Wouldn’t that be great? Here’s the reality of this belief, rapid weight loss like this typically comes from some type of fasting or liquid diet. How this works is the digestive track is completely emptied, the loss of water weight occurs, and then the loss of muscle (lack of nutrients); now, the most discouraging news, once you begin to eat normal again you’ll notice your weight rebounding within days.
6) A low fat diet will increase my fat loss.
The truth is our bodies LOVE fat! It makes our food taste better, it’s filling, and…… it supports fat loss. Yup, it’s true; healthy fats (monosaturated & polysaturated) actually help regulate hormones in the body that aid in weight loss. It’s the bad fats (saturated & trans fats) that are harmful and detrimental to your weight loss.
7) Late night eating will make you fat.
500 calories at 4pm in the afternoon will still be 500 calories at 9pm. It’s what you eat, NOT when you eat.
8) Skipping meals is a great way to lose weight.
Skipping meals generally means eating larger meals later in the day, larger meals typically lead to overeating; this is because individuals who skip meals tend to feel hungrier and have the urge to eat more than they normally would. Eating more frequently throughout the day helps control one’s appetite and cravings.
About DeLano Daniels
After many years in health and fitness and enduring some of life’s hardest trials, DeLano Daniels launched his own fitness company Pin Fit in 2012 to help motivate, inspire, and guide individuals who are wanting to change their lives. Not only is DeLano a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, but also a sponsored athlete, natural bodybuilder, writer, and college graduate. When DeLano isn’t training for shows, he can be found training individuals for special occasions, personal goals, fitness competitions, and most importantly better overall health and wellness. For questions regarding fitness, nutrition, or training, contact DeLano at firstname.lastname@example.org or 832-775-3590.