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Four Myths About Food
Over the years, I have noticed that people have certain misconceptions about food
that they hold as fact. It is important to examine some of the prevalent myths
about food and to understand why they are untrue.
Myth #1: All calories are created equal.
You have been told all your life that what makes you fat is the amount of food
that you eat.
In reality, it's the "kinds of food" you eat and your meal pattern consistency
that cause fat gain. If you eat appropriately, you will be nourishing your body
in a way that your metabolism is 100% efficient. This means that your body will
be utilizing the calories you eat as fuel rather than storing them as fat.
Myth #2: You must reduce your caloric intake in order to lose weight.
Calorically restrictive diets will cause lean muscle loss, making you fatter on
the inside. There is an entire industry built around low or fat free foods. The
danger is.that low calorie usually means empty calorie-foods that fill you up but
offer no nutritional benefit.
Each person has a minimum daily caloric requirement, based on their activity
level and individual metabolic processes. When you reduce your caloric intake in
order to lose weight, the strategy will work in the short run, but over time your
metabolism will cool to the point where you will not be utilizing calories
efficiently. As a result, your weight loss will slow or stop.
Myth #3: Eating fats will make you fat.
This is one of the biggest misconceptions presented by many diet programs. They
say that a low fat or no fat diet will make you eternally slim. How much dietary
fat you need is directly related to your body type, which determines how well you
can digest and utilize fats.
Myth #4: Scale weight is an indication of how thin you are:
Weight is not the whole story. Your body composition - your percent of fat to
lean muscle - is equally important. For instance, I once had a client who weighed
158 pounds and said she wasn't heavy because she was 5'9". But her body fat was
35%. That's too high. Fat is three times the size of lean muscle. Your goal
should be not only to lose weight, but to "take up less room in the room."
As I have said before, water is also crucial for weight loss. Our bodies are 70%
water, and this nutrient is critical in everyday function, serving a number of
1) Water is the vehicle by which nutrients are transported to our cells.
2) Water maintains proper blood density to appropriately manage healthy blood
pressure, and the movements of fats in the blood so they are not deposited as
plaque in the blood vessels.
3) Proper water intake helps to extract toxins and the by-products of digestion
from the body.
4) Sufficient water is required for a proper balance of vitamins, minerals, and
electrolytes in the body. Electrolytes ensure that your muscles have a full range
of motion, prevent muscle spasms and cramping, and regulate the pattern of your
5) Water curtails the food cravings caused by dehydration and thirst.
Coffee, tea, fruit juice, soda, diet soda, and sports drinks do not count as
water. I am not going get into the coffee/soda/sport drink issue today. I will
just say that they will screw up your food plan, and other parts of your life as
But I will say I'm delighted to hear that many of you have given up the diet
sodas - and along with them the headaches and excess weight gain. More power to
you and it is going to get even better.
Kick butt.take names,
P.S. A good food program, such as the Furey Fat Loss Program -
http://www.mattfurey.com/furey_fat_burning_diet - will get you started on the
road to weight loss. Combined with Combat Conditioning -
and Combat Abs - http://www.mattfurey.com/combat_abs.html
you will have a 1-2-3 knockout combination in your arsenal. Get 'em all today.
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