Popular Misconceptions | Myths of Fat Burning

It is always good to know the truth about important facts that can affect our lives. There are so many myths floating around nowadays and most of them are incorrect and full of wrong information. Let us break down some of the myths about burning fat today.

Myth: The body use only one fuel source at a time.

The Truth: Simply your body is running on both carbohydrate and fat all the time. Just the ratio is different and it depends on what you are doing. For an example, as you are sitting here in front of your PC and reading, you are burning roughly about 55% of fat and 45% of carbohydrates. When you start doing exercise, your body will need some quick energy and metabolism ratio will shift to use more carbohydrates, and the percentage might be 70% carbohydrates 30% fat. But if you can continue your exercise, your body will start preserving carbohydrates and use fat instead, say 60% fat and 40% carbohydrates.

But in practical life, those percentages are not really that big and noticeable. As we see, most athletes are in good shape, but surely not because they are using fat as fuel, but because they practice a lot and exercise at least 3-4 hours or more a day on a regular basis.

Myth: The faster you can exercise the better.

The Truth: A metabolic exercise doesn’t have to fast and breathtaking to be effective. The fast exercise will only burn your carbohydrates more and make you weak and even injured. To increase your metabolism, try long and resistance training. Try to start your exercise with slow move and select exercises where you can use all muscles of your body.

Myth: Foods with “fat free” label are good for dieting.

The Truth: Only if it was that easy. Keep eating fat free food as much you want and get ripped and lean in no time! Unfortunately, relying on fat free foods will more than likely make your fat-burning process slower or even fatten you up.

The one thing that makes their regular foods taste so good is the fat. When manufacturers remove it, they must compensate for the taste in other ways, often using a lot of simple and refined carbohydrates and loading the foods with sodium, preservatives, and chemicals in their products to improve taste. And too much of them are not really good for health.

Myth: Running, cycling, or other exercises can burn more fat once you've been doing them for over than 15 or 20 minutes.

The Truth: Technically, the longer you exercise the higher percentage of fat your body uses as fuel. But when you are planning to lose weight, there are many things to consider. For an example, you will have to burn calories too. And if you are trying to lose weight, it’s about the total number of calories burned, not necessarily the fuel source.

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