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Misconceptions About Weight Loss And Fitness

Don’t get caught up with the latest weight loss or fitness trend.

Due to our modern era and advances in technology, we are surrounded by information on whatever subject we desire. Some of this information is helpful and on point, yet most of it is inaccurate and at times harmful. When looking for advice or recommendations on exercise, be mindful of where that information is coming from, and don’t get caught up with the latest weight loss or fitness trend.

strenght trainingThere are plenty of infomercials that make dramatic claims to guarantee weight loss, to lose 10 pounds in 8 weeks, and be able to keep it off using their patented formula or an exercise program. While most people may initially lose a bit of weight, inevitably the scale will stop moving and the reflection they see in the mirror does not represent the claims made on t.v.

This tends to lead to disappointment and potentially a lack of adherence or perhaps, the opposite and an increase in activity. Some people may feel the program they have purchased from t.v. isn’t working because they haven’t been doing it enough. Although that may be the case for some, please use caution when you decide to dramatically increase your activity level as this may lead to overuse injury or over-training.

Increase your lean muscle mass to elevate your metabolism

To be able to lose weight effectively, it is important to include both cardio and resistance training into your program. These components of a well rounded weight loss fitness program will help in elevating your metabolism, as well as strengthen your lean muscle mass and improve the function of your heart, lungs and circulatory system.

Burn more calories in a day than you consume

Although you can burn more calories in a day than you consume, which is the basic formula for weight loss, you must include a well balanced diet into the equation. Without the proper food and nutrients daily, your body will always be in a state of catabolism or breaking down. Sound nutrition and sufficient rest, will keep you in a state of anabolism where your body is repairing itself, and preparing for your next workout.

You don’t have to eat salad everyday to lose weight!

It is important to watch what you eat when you are improving your fitness level or lose weight. Tracking your food for a week will give you a good idea of just what you are eating and even the quantity of food you are eating. Just because you are wanting to lose weight does not mean you have to eat salad everyday. A food journal will help you see how much whole foods you are eating versus processed or fast food. There are many misconceptions about fitness that are around us, and hopefully this information helped to clarify a few for you.

This article is crafted by Lisa Gervais, BCRPA and ACE Certified Personal Trainer

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