You need to develop an efficient plan when you want to chop down serious pounds and fat from your body, but to formulate the right strategy you have to first know how fat in your body behaves. Unfortunately, there are many myths about fat loss which are all too prevalent. What’s worse is many of these misconceptions seem intuitively logical, so we are easily hook, line and sinkered into believing them. Today, we set out to bust some of these myths about fat loss.
One Energy Source
A common belief is your body only draws calories from one fuel source at a time. For instance, people think the body uses only fat if you are doing slow cardio or only carbs if you are performing high intensity weight training. This is absolutely false. The body is constantly using multiple energy sources. What does change in your body is the ratio of usage of each macronutrient (carbs, proteins and fat). While you are sedentary, your body generally burns 40% to 50% carbs and 50% to 60% fat. The amount of carbs and fats you burn, however, is extremely low as your body only needs a couple of calories per minute in an inactive state.
A particularly damaging myth about fat loss is the idea that low-intensity workouts burn more fat than moderate or high-intensity workouts. This rumor does have some truth behind it. In a proportional sense, this is correct as working out at a slow pace requires fewer quick calories (carbs) and your body, therefore, can draw on its reserves of fat to conserve the carbs for when energy is needed urgently.
Unfortunately, the theory doesn’t hold when it comes to considering absolute numbers of calories burnt. If you work out slowly, regardless of the proportion of fat-to-carbs burn ratio, you will expend fewer calories and hence will lose less fat. Working out more powerfully for the same amount of time will burn additional calories from both carbs and fat. This is important when trying to cut down on fat.
Cardio vs. Weight Training
Another harmful theory which can mislead your fat burning exercise plan is you can cut more fat from cardio than resistance training workouts. It is true a cardio session will burn more calories than a weight training session, but a weight training session will increase your after-burn and metabolism.
After-burn is the number of calories you keep burning after your exercise session due to the workout. A muscle-building session will generally have a 24 to 48-hour after-burn versus an almost non-existent after-burn for a cardio workout. What is even more beneficial is during your after-burn, the body is primarily fueled by fat and this is when your body undergoes its biggest transformation. Resistance-training workouts also increase your metabolic rate more than cardio. A higher metabolism means you will burn more calories, hence more fat, even while you are at rest.
Now that we have dispelled some myths about fat loss, you can develop a better exercise routine or modify your current one to take the above factors into account for your battle against fat.