The world is flat.
The sound barrier can’t be broken.
Running a 4 minute mile is impossible.
What do these things have in common? Once they were taken for fact and now we know they were a myth.
Here are my 3 Biggest Fat-Loss Myths.
1.Cardio is best for weight loss:
This nonsense needs to end.
Sure, I know you know someone that say’s they rode the elliptical to drop 30 pounds. When some one tells me they “did lot’s of cardio and dropped 100 pounds. My question is “Did you change anything in your diet?” Their answer everytime is “Oh yeah- yeah that. Yeah I completely changed my diet. Why do you ask?”.
Why do people who have had great success losing weight give credit to the wrong factor?
Here’s the problem with Cardio for Fat Loss. It’s the wrong tool for the job. It’s like trying to pound a nail with a screwdriver-Wrong tool. Might get the job done someday but there’s better tools to do the job.
Women have a harder time with this than men. There’s more brainwashing going on in women”s media especially magazines. Magazines sell lifestyle and the intention as one New York writer told me is “to sell more soap and clothes” not provide accurate information.
If you have a deep desire to be soft and frustrated stick with lot’s of cardio. Muscle tone and fat loss doesn’t come from a treadmill, never has never will.
Do this instead- Lift weights, the heavier the better, to get small and lean. Counter intuitive but works every time.
Wean yourself off your cardio addiction with interval training- I’ve got a blog post all about it right here- How to do Interval Training
Myth #2 I can out-exercise my diet.
Um no….. I wish it were like that..but it’s not the truth.
I have had 100’s of campers and clients. Mostly campers for some reason-try this. Usually just for the first month. When we do measurements at 4 weeks and there’s no change? That is evidence of not getting the message-and thats O.K. as long as you understand and are O.K. with busting your butt in the heat, rain, and cold and not get a single visible result from it. Oh yes, you’re working out but um…. don’t expect the scale to move. You have to be O.K. with that if you want to train and not get results.
You can not. And will not have one without the other.
Exercise accelerates the fat-Loss, you look better faster, tone comes back, and you feel great.
But…..and this is extremly important.
I’ve never-never-never had a client get visible results without eating better.
Notice I didn’t say less.
If you’re eating whole foods, not processed junk, you are virtually guaranteed success.
Did your week consist primarily of Lean Cuisine(low cal!), goldfish(I wasn’t “eating”), Diet Coke(It has “0” calories!) Starbucks (Convenience!), eating out mindlessly(it’s just an entree and breadsticks and wine and some of my friends entree and some chips and hot sauce, and a beer, and desert).
Or did you eat a majority of the time eggs, oatmeal, chicken, sweet potatoes, green vegetables, a bag of apples, lean meat, tune, water and tea?
If you’re in the second group you’re golden and leaner!
Don’t eat less eat different!
Do this instead- Make the decision to cut out the junk(including diet sodas) for just one week. One short week.
Eat only foods off my 100 Best Foods List-(just for one week)-Weigh yourself at the beginning of the week. Then again after 7 days on this list. I guarantee the numbers will move. You’ll look feel and perform better too. After just 7 days.
Myth #3 I should be able to do it on my own.
Why would you believe that?(this is the on that always stumps me)
Has anything significant ever been achieved by a single person-on their own? Have you ever achieved anything important (like changing ingrained habits and your entire physiology over a period of time) without any assistance or support what so ever?
Why do people feel bad they can’t lose weight “on their own”.
Think about it.
When you’re a kid. You go to school with a group of people and are in a class with a teacher at the front(small group training). You go to college surrounded by people striving for the same thing you’re striving for(bootcamp). You start your work career again surrounded by people pulling towards the same goals. Quite often your career is accelerated by a mentor(one-on-one training) that’s guided other’s like yourself to their goals.
I can tell you from experience. One of the most common responses to training is “I’d never do this on my own’. And that’s cool, because you were never meant to do it on your own.
You need guidance to speed up your results. Support will get you through the inevitable lows. Those same people will celebrate your successes too.
Don’t waste valuable time or energy feeling bad about not being able to “do it on your own”. Get around like minded people that want what you want and accelerate your results.
Do this instead- Try out my Rapid Results Bootcamp for guidance and support. You don’t have to be in shape to join(another myth). In fact it’s designed to take you from overweight and out of shape to the body you want.
Or Accelerator Small Group(opt-in box’s are on the left of the screen). It’s the best of both worlds. Close personal attention and group support at the same time. I like small-group best.
Or go to Sparkspeople.com and join the community. I love this site. The people here rock.
O.k. Lets recap-
1. Lift weights and interval training for rapid fat-loss
2. You can’t out-exercise your diet.
3. You need support to help you make it through.
Those are the Big 3 Facts for getting results.
Talk to you later,