Common myths in fitness….

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“I lost 9 lbs last week.”

Hmmmm, I don’t doubt that your scale is displaying a weight that is 9 lbs less than what it was the week before, but here’s what you should know:

Those 9 lbs gone from your body mass are not 9 lbs of fat.

To lose 9 lbs of FAT, you would have to give up 31,500 calories in 1 week.

Each pound of fat is equivalent to 3500 in calories.  (3500 x 9 = 31,500)  Do you even eat 31,500 calories a week to say that you restricted that much food/drink to lose 9 lbs???

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Here’s another way to look at it:

A person who weighs 150 lbs would have to run at 6 mph, for 34 hours to burn 9 lbs of fat.  Did you run a marathon everyday for the past 7 days??

So then why is your scale misleading you??

Your weight fluctuates constantly.   If you were to weigh yourself several times per day, I can almost guarantee that your scale won’t land on the same number every time.  Besides the fact that most home scales can vary in accuracy and precision, the weight lost from day to day and from “dieting” can be attributed to water lost (dehydration), depletion of muscle glycogen & breakdown of proteins in muscle and liver.

Often, the fitness industry will prey on the vulnerable, by promoting rapid weight loss diets.  Marketing slogans, such as “LOSE 10 POUNDS in 2 WEEKS!” are very catchy and tempting.  But if you notice, most will claim “weight” loss and not “fat” loss.  Although rapid weight loss is neither healthy nor safe either, there’s a difference!

More so, weight can come back as quickly as it disappeared.  If you don’t trust me, ask one of the professional fighters at the gym.  For some fights, they cut weight to be able to fight in a lower weight class.  They often will lose 5-10 lbs in one day by dehydration techniques and starvation until they are weighed in.  After weigh-ins, a meal and some water, they are right back to where they started that morning.  PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME AS IT IS NOT HEALTHY NOR SAFE! 

So there you have it…. BE PATIENT, DISCIPLINED & CONSISTENT and you will see results!

 

 

One Response to “Common myths in fitness….”

  1. Beverly Tiger Says:

    Hi, can you send me next week’s bootcamp schedule so I reserve my spot thank you

    Sent from Beverly’s iPhone. Shonaabesh

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