Tips for faster fat loss

DrSri By DrSri, 16th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2k1b2iq./
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The best and the most efficient fat loss regime should include a healthy, fat-free, high-protein and low-carbohydrate diet combined with high intensity workouts that consist of at least two sessions of weight training in a week. This regime should be planned in consultation with a professional weight loss instructor, who will decide which is the best plan suited for you.

Some myths and facts about fat loss

Fat loss is perhaps one of the most popular topics on the internet today. Here are some common myths surrounding the topic of fat loss.

Myth 1: Starvation is the quickest way to lose fat:
The truth is that starvation is one of the unhealthiest ways to lose weight. Starvation deprives your body of vital nutrients causing fatigue and leading to deterioration of muscles. Moreover, when people starve, the body starts to eat itself. Depending on your genetic constitution, your body may then decide to get conservative and drop your basal metabolic rate (BMR) to try to hold onto body weight. When your BMR drops below a certain level, you actually start putting on weight.

Myth 2: Exercising in “fat-burning zone” leads to faster burning of body fat:
The” fat-burning zone” is a concept that the body burns a greater amount of fat by doing lower-intensity aerobic exercise, such as walking, than it does at higher intensity workouts such as jogging, swimming, playing tennis or soccer. Even though this is true, it does not make much difference when it comes to the total amount of fat burnt. Assuming that the body burns 50% of fat at lower intensities and only 35% at higher intensities, but the total calories burnt in a high intensity workout is much more than that in a low intensity workout. Therefore, fat burnt as a percentage of total calories, may be actually higher in case of high intensity workouts.

Myth 3: More muscles mean faster fat loss:
There is no denying that more the muscles, greater is the basal metabolism rate (BMR). Since muscles burn more energy than body fat at rest, if you develop more muscles and have a higher muscle to fat ratio than before, you surely burn extra energy and more stored fat as a result. However, the difference is not that conspicuous; perhaps less than a few tens of calories burnt extra per day for each pound of muscle increased, for most people. However, this does not mean one should ignore weight training, since it offers many health benefits. Weight training should be an integral part of any weight loss regime.

Myth 4: long duration moderate paced aerobic exercise is the best way to lose fat quickly:
Long duration moderate paced aerobic exercises are the most popular and primary means adopted by the majority of the people to burn fat at a faster rate. But recent studies do not support this concept. When you exercise at a moderate pace for extended periods of time, your body is burning fat during the exercise, but at the same time, a signal is sent to your body to keep a certain amount of stored fat available for your next workout. So, even though we may be burning some calories during the exercise, after the exercise is over, our body begins to store up some fat for the next workout. Obviously this does not help those who are trying to lose their weight at a faster rate.

So the best and the most efficient fat loss regime should include a healthy, fat-free, high-protein and low-carbohydrate diet combined with high intensity workouts that consist of at least two sessions of weight training in a week. This regime should be planned in consultation with a professional weight loss instructor, who will decide which is the best plan suited for you.

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author avatar Martin King
17th Feb 2011 (#)

very interesting article, my attitude to weight loss is eat regularily and moderately and exercise, if you have a desk job or alike walk or cycle to work, that is my way and it works for me. thanks for sharing

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author avatar Martin King
17th Feb 2011 (#)

welcome to wikinut and I look forward to reading more of your articles

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author avatar Val Mills
20th Feb 2011 (#)

Excellent. Thank you.

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author avatar Denise O
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

I finally have conviced my friend whom has been on a weight loss/gain rollercoaster for decades, that starving yourself only makes you heavier. I am happy to say, she has listened to me(finally) and she is now down to a very healthy 115 pounds and she is not starving herself. Great advice.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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