Don't weight train until after you've
lost weight! No,
no, no, no, pleeeeease don't believe that
headline! That's one of the many myths
associated with weight loss and fitness.
If you're interested in losing weight
and getting fit as quickly as possible,
don't let these myths throw you
#1 - Some fancy exercise machine-of-the-month
burns more calories than
any other exercise.
- One thing that many people seem to be confused
about is how many calories are expended
during different types of exercise. For
example, I receive lots of questions regarding
how many calories are burned with fancy
exercise machines or certain unusual exercises
that are supposed to burn lots of calories.
be fooled by this stuff! Here's the
bottom line - caloric expenditure is directly
related to the amount of effort an activity
requires. In general, the more difficult
it feels, the more calories you burn. The
easier it feels the fewer calories you burn.
it! I don't care how fancy or expensive the
equipment is, the harder you work the more
calories you burn.
#2 - Weight training with free weights is
much more effective than with machines.
- For the purposes of general fitness, muscle
toning, and weight loss, it doesn't matter.
My suggestion is to do whichever you are
most comfortable with and are most likely to
do on a regular basis.
#3 - Low intensity exercise puts you
in the "fat burning zone" and is ideal
- The "fat burning zone" doesn't matter.
how it got started. Your body is always "burning"
a mixture of carbohydrates and fat for
fuel. This mixture tends to contain a little
more fat during lower intensity exercise. Somebody
took this to mean that a lower intensity
workout was best for losing weight.. not
all comes from the same "pot". It doesn't
if you're burning a little more fat or a little
more carbohydrate at any particular time in
your fuel mix. It all comes from the same calorie
pool. The bottom line is, how many calories
are you burning.
#4 - Exercising for 30 minutes two to three
times per week is sufficient for weight
- That's better than doing nothing but it's
not optimal. I firmly believe that God designed
our bodies to be active daily. When we
exercise daily we are healthier, leaner, more
energetic, and the list goes on and on. Also,
daily exercise boosts your metabolism like
nothing else can. I recommend working up
to 30 to 60 minutes of daily aerobic exercise
and three days of weight training per
#5 - You can lose fat from a specific part
of your body by doing an exercise for
that part of your body. For example, abdominal
crunches will remove fat from your
- You can't spot reduce! You cannot control where
fat is removed from your body.
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