11 Fat Loss Myths: Part III

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This is a three part series – if you missed Part I click here, if you missed Part II click here

 

So we are now onto Part III, and the three final Fat Loss Myths.

Myth #9: Any meat is good meat

What are cows designed to eat?

 

Grass, duh.

 

For years people have been saying, “You are what you eat.” I want to change that to, “You are what your food eats.”

 

When you take cows that are fed a grain-based, high corn diet, their body becomes acidic and then we eat meat that meat which comes from an acidic environment.

 

Acid = bad

 

Cows are not designed to eat corn, grains or pellets, and it leads to a host of problems for the animal.

 

Now let’s take the same animal and feed her what she is meant to eat – real food – and we now have a healthy animal. Because it’s healthy, it also needs less antibiotics and hormones to keep her happy.

 

So not only does the animal need less antibiotics to keep it alive, it tastes better. The fat content in grass fed beef contains high amounts of CLA and is fine to eat. If you’re still suffering from fat-phobia and worried about your cholesterol levels, check out my article on saturated fats

 

For a great interview on grass-fed vs grain-fed, check out this article   

 

Myth #10: I can drink alcohol every night and lose fat

 

It’s pretty contradictory for me to mention “fat loss” and “alcohol” in the same sentence.

 

Alcohol blunts fat-burning, and can take days to be completely removed from your system, meaning that the training you do in that time is not as effective as it could be. Your liver needs to process the alcohol, meaning that fats in the body cannot be processed at the same time.

 

Alcohol in system = no fat loss.

 

I will drink (as in more than one drink) pretty rarely… Maybe a half dozen times per year. I just find it knocks me down for a week, and I’m off my game with clients and with my business.

 

Some experts will disagree with me here, but I do feel that you can have 1-2 nights per week where you enjoy ONE drink. But these need to be earned by eating a very clean diet, and being consistent with your training.

 

The problem with denying yourself anything is that it promotes bingeing at a later date. Deprivation NEVER works long term – in fact it makes you crave it even more. However the moment I say “you can have a small amount once or twice per week” something magic happens – the cravings go, and you stop thinking about it.

 

If you cannot go without a drink try sticking to one of these…

  • 1 glass of vodka with either soda or water – no soft drinks
  • 1 scotch either neat, with ice or water – no soft drinks
  • 1 glass of red
  • 1 tequila shot with lemon 😉

 

Steer clear of pre mixed drinks, beer and white wine. Cocktails are bad, as you never know what the bartender is putting into the mix and how much sugar is in there.

 

Of course the worst part about alcohol is what it does to your self-control. I know that I personally could inhale three weeks worth of food when drinking (it’s one of my talents), so I always try to limit food intake if I’m having a big night drinking. But that is normally in a maintenance period of my training. So if your goal is fat loss – which is a pretty good guess if you’re reading this – stick to one or none.

 

Myth #11: The scales are the best tool to track my progress

Let’s set something straight here – if you are over 30% body fat (which is over 90-100kg for most people) you can NOT blame a poor weigh-in on “putting on muscle”

 

I hear this one all of the time. If you’re over 30%,, you should be able to drop 0.5-1.0kg per week if you’re eating REAL food consistently.

 

The one exception is for those who are under 30%, and probably under 20%. I have personally trained clients who have gone UP 5kg over a 6-12 month period, despite dropping fat. Their entire body shape changed and they drop from 16% down to below 12%, with little to no change on the scales.

 

They dropped clothes sizes, they looked toned, they added strength…

 

But this was after dropping from 40, 30, and 25% body fat, where the focus was on dropping both scale weight and body fat.

 

Once you are down toward your goal weight, the four best tools to track your progress are:

 

1)   Bio scan / Dexa scan: both of these methods will show your muscle mass, fat mass, and will also highlight any difference in the size of your limbs in comparison to each other

2)   Photos: photos don’t lie. Often your weight may plateau BUT visually your body shape has changed. Your abs will be more visible, arms more defined, and you will look a lot “tighter”

3)   Measurements: Nothing is more motivating that literally seeing cm’s melt of your body. Monthly girth measurements are a fantastic way to measure where the body fat is coming off. Your clothes sizes will also back this up. There may be some variance because there is a human element, so ensure the same person performs your measurements.

4)   Callipers: Again there may be some variance wit these like the measurements, so get the same person to use the callipers every test. Another great way to measure specific sites of the body to see where you are progressing.

 

 

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Don’t forget to check out my latest program called Fit 4 Summer that starts November 2.