The Fat Burning Myth

The ‘Fat Burning’ Myth

“How do I lose this part?” – “I want to lose fat around XXX” – “I went for a jog on the weekend, about 20mins” –  “Yeah , I did some exercise. Around 40 mins on the crosstrainer”

I’m sure I’m not the only person who has heard this.
More often than not – it’s because of a fat burning myth that is based on old, inexact science from a millennia ago.

If you’re one of these people and thinking – why is this wrong?

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Well let’s break it down to address the first common misconception – the ‘spot reduction’ myth.
Here it is. Plain and simple.
There is NO spot reduction.

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It can’t be done. No matter HOW MANY crunches or squats you do. It will not help you lose fat around those areas – YES, it will help develop muscle – but you won’t see it if it’s covered by a layer of fat. Simple as that.
Part of this myth is due to the multiple ‘Bums and Tum’s’ step aerobics classes which used to be SO popular (notice how these have pretty much all disappeared?)  – great marketing lines, great, easy to follow home videos – but ineffective.
Fat loss is a systemic, holistic process.
Yes some people lose it on other places fast then others, but this is predominantly due to genetics.
Check out the references at the end of the article – they are easy to follow and show the science that spot reduction doesn’t occur.

Now
let’s cover the second point.
When you first hit the treadmill, you probably saw there was a ‘fat burning’ zone. You probably kept going at that fat burning zone for a good 20mins and felt like you worked out, but weren’t entirely spent.
Once again, this is based on OLD science and old misconceptions.
Firstly, with this type of training  – once you stop, so does the calorie burning. Which isn’t exactly great.
Let’s look at athletes from professional sports – who are the best looking athletes?
Sprinters (100m – 400m), Basketball Players, Tennis Players, gymnasts, swimmers

Who are the worst looking athletes?
Marathon Runners.
What is the main difference between these  athletes and the way they train?
Marathon runners go for long distances and a steady pace – EXACTLY like you’re long fat burning treadmill work.
Now let’s look at the others – High intensity short to medium bursts. Followed by short rest periods.
Not only is it obvious when you look at it like that, but the science is all over it.
Studies since 1996 (where the original ‘Tabata’ protocol comes from) have shown this is the best way to ‘burn fat’ during and after exercise.

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Finally as a point, burning fat and losing/gaining weight comes down to basic thermo dynamics – burn more then you consume.

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http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v32/n4/full/0803781a.html

http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/17596787

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