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Diet Myths, Facts, and Tips

Updated on January 2, 2017

Fact: An average guy loses 5-7 pounds of muscle mass between the ages of 30 and 50 years old, assuming that he's not changing anything on his lifestyle. One important thing to note here is that muscle doesn't convert to fat. But if you don't use them, your body will break them down and will likely be replaced by fats. Remember the saying "Use it, or lose it!". Muscle mass is also heavier and occupies less space than fat so you may be able to keep your weight the same while your waist line increases.

In order to find the right weight loss program, you first need to understand how your body works. For instance, how are fats generated? What affects the production of fats? Why do we need fats? First understand what causes the body to store fats instead of burning them. Glycogen are carbohydrates stored in our muscles which contains sugar that the body uses as source of energy. Think of it as a container that can get filled in. Body fats are source of energy too that the body conserve for emergency purposes. The food that you eat on the other hand are incoming source of energy ready to be consumed as soon as they got broken down. Here is the problem: when your glycogen level is high, meaning that the container is full of sugars, it signals the body to use incoming carbohydrates for energy instead of the stored fats. That's how your body accumulates fat over time.

Myth: Eating fat will make you fat. This is probably one of the most common mistakes people have in their minds. Fat, itself will not make you fat. It has more to do with cholesterol level than weight gained by fat. Have you met people who consumes fat but looking skinny? Or someone who stay away from fats but still gaining weight? Fat is actually an important part of one's diet. And it is a powerful satiator which means it keeps you feeling full for a longer period of time after you eat compared to carbohydrates.

Fact: If you are not an athlete, don't eat like one. As you know, athletes are encouraged to eat lots of carbs for training sessions and competitions. Michael Phelps, for instance, ate 12,000 calories a day during the Beijing Olympics for his gold medal performances. That may be true but if you are not as active as Phelps then please don't consume carbs like him.

Myth: Fat-free or Low-fat foods helps in weight loss diets. The creation of additional product category such as fat-free, low-fat, and reduced-fat foods are just one of those marketing strategies in the food manufacturing industry. Again, there is no connection between fat itself and how our body creates fat. Most low-fat foods contain 50 percent less fat but almost the same amount of calories because of high carbs or glucose content.

People who consumes fat-free or low-fat foods are mostly overweight because they have the impression that they are eating healthy but in reality, those foods contain more sugar which later on converts to fats. It's like the license to eat chocolates or other foods that are high in sugar or carbohydrates.

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How to burn fats for good?

Fats are stored in our body for emergency purposes like in the case of starvation. The more you try to eliminate it without knowing how it works, the more it clings hard until you finally give up. First you need to find out more what foods are being converted to fats then compare it to your regular diet. Are you consuming more foods that can become fat later on? There are a lot of healthy foods that can replace the one that you are constantly consuming right now. You just need to do some reading. Second, find out what signals your body to store more fat and also to burn fat. Believe it or not, if you just wanna lose weight, you can easily do so with diet. Exercise or staying active will only accelerate weight loss... if you prefer to do so. It starts with the right diet... combine it with the right exercise to achieve faster results... changing lifestyle to make it permanent instead of temporary transformation. It is imperative that you become patient and give your body some time to adopt to any changes

Weight loss is more of emotional or psychological program than physical. I so stick to the program for a decent period of time... 3-6 months let's say.f you are just thinking about the physical aspect of losing weight and achieving the body that you dream of without really involving emotional or psychological aspect of it, it is only a matter of time when you are back eating like there's no tomorrow again. I'm pretty sure you've met some people who lost huge amount of weight for few months but went back to gaining weight after a while. Body transformation requires discipline, commitment, sacrifices, and perseverance... that is why it requires us to involve our emotions and minds into it.

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