It’s easy to get suckered into common fitness beliefs that spread quickly online: all carbs are bad, you can “detox” your body with a juice cleanse, and cardio is the only way to lose fat. The problem is, many of these so-called tenets of weight loss have no basis in fact; they’re nothing more than myths.Continue reading “Myths About Losing Weight”
“Abs are made in the kitchen” – this is a motto ingrained into me back in my competitive bodybuilding days of the 1990’s.
A multitude of infomercials, supplement suppliers and well-paid spokespeople try to promote a quick-fix six-pack solution, although there is no such thing as a cutting diet, abs diet, mass-gaining diet, etc.
Bottom line is the “Law of Thermodynamics” – weight reduction can only take place when there is more energy burned than consumed.
Likewise, weight gain (muscle gain) can only take place when more calories are consumed than burned. Continue reading “Abs are made in the kitchen”
Simple carbs are the white stuff – white bread, most pastries, refined sugars (like in soda). What makes it so simple? These foods provide energy, but lack the same nutrients (vitamins, minerals, and fiber) as complex carbohydrates. The body also breaks simple carbs down quickly, spikes blood sugar (insulin), and leaves your tummy might rumbling sooner than you imagined. Choose whole grains instead, which may reduce potentially dangerous excess abdominal fat buildup (which can lead to diabetes). Switch to whole-wheat pasta or whole grain bread, or try grains like brown rice, quinoa, or millet.