All about Fat!

Oh yeah, it’s that dirtiest of “F” words!  Thought I’d take a moment to debunk a few myths for you.Winking smile


jennifer lopez cellulite Cellulite

Medically speaking, there is no such thing as cellulite. It’s a marketing term for plain old pudge that ripples (mostly on the thighs) in varying degrees in 50 to 90 percent of women, regardless of clothing size or fitness level. This clumpy fat results from fat cells stored just under the skin in honeycomb-like structures held in place by bands of connective tissue. The more fat cells stuffed into each honeycomb, the more puckered the texture. Since cellulite is just ordinary body fat, there is no unique low carb diet trick or cellulite treatment to remove it. The bottom line? A calorie-controlled diet that consists of whole, healthy foods plus exercise will help you lose fat throughout your body.


Eating Fat

Fat is the slowest food component to clear the stomach, so for years it was assumed

that fatty foods slow digestion and keep you feeling full longer. Recent research proves the proportion of sugar and fat has little or no difference in satiety ratings. What’s more, fat actually has twice the calories of protein or carbohydrates. In reality, protein tends to leave people feeling more satisfied than either carbohydrates or fat while fiber and whole grains affect feelings of fullness and satisfaction. To stay full longer, eat healthy foods that are high in fiber, like fruits and veggies and lots of healthy whole grains.



fat zoneBurning Fat

Virtually every piece of cardio equipment at the gym has a slow-paced "fat burning" program on the display panel that promises to help you stay "in the fat burning zone." If you are trying to lose weight, cover it with a towel and ignore it. Workouts that focus on the fat burning zone are an outdated belief that long, slow workouts are always better for weight loss than faster, shorter workouts. But you can file that along with other fitness myths you should ignore: The best fat burning workout plan is the one that burns the most calories.

Like many myths, the so-called fat burning zone is based on a grain of truth: At slower speeds, your body’s primary fuel source is fat, whereas at higher intensities, usually at a rate of perceived of exertion (RPE) of 7 or higher, you primarily draw on the carbohydrates that are circulating in your bloodstream or stored in your muscle. Misguided exercisers often reason that using higher percentages of fat as fuel must translate into quicker fat loss. The reality is, the more calories you burn, the closer you inch toward your weight-loss goals, regardless of what type of fuel your body uses for energy.

Bottom Line

Drink water and green tea, eat fresh food, shop the perimeter of the store first or better yet – farmer’s markets, keep your grains whole and lean protein plentiful.

For your fat burn I recommend 3 – 5 high intensity Miguel’s Boot Camp classes per week – that should have you fit and lean in no time at all!

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