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Introduction to Fighting Fat: Two Common Misconceptions


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Today I want to give you an introduction to fighting fat.

In particular, I’m going to cover two common misconceptions that many beginners get wrong when it comes to fat loss.

But before I share these 2 common fat loss misconceptions, let me just say this.

It’s not your fault.

If you just can’t seem to lose fat, or maybe you’ve lost fat in the past, but then put it back on…I feel your pain.

One of the reasons this is happening, is more likely than not, you’ve been following the wrong fat loss strategy.

And I’d be willing to bet the majority of the information you’re hearing, is from the mainstream media.

This happened to me back in 2009, and so many of our clients have told me the same thing.

But before I get into these 2 common fat loss misconceptions…

Let me just give you a little introduction about your fat cells.

Your body has 37 trillion cells.

Approximately 30 billion of those cells store fat.

Now 30 billion fat cells may seem like a lot, but it only equals 0.08% of the overall cells in your body.

But the tricky thing about your fat cells is they can expand 1,000 times bigger than their natural size.

However, if you make the necessary healthy changes in your lifestyle, you can shrink your fat cells, and lower the amount of stored fat in your body.

So to properly fight fat, you need to understand the basics of how the body operates and re-focus your efforts on what actually works and most importantly, is sustainable.

This means you have to block out all the common misconceptions about losing fat that has been inundating the media and stay focused and consistent on what works.

Here are two of the most common misconceptions about losing fat:

Misconception #1: Focus on losing weight

Most people are obsessed with losing ’weight’. Every morning you wake up, walk to the bathroom, and get on the scale.

If the number is lower than the day before, you’re happy.

If you’re currently doing this, nod your head.

Ok, now smack yourself upside the head.

Just kidding, be nice to your body.

Focusing on losing weight on the weight scale is the wrong approach.

Live Leaners focus on losing weight from body fat, NOT just overall weight on the scale.

By just focusing on losing overall weight, many people take drastic measures, like starving themselves to death with excessive low calorie diets and over cardio-ing themselves on the treadmill which is turning you into a skinny, weak, and energyless zombie.

Not only does this make you miserable, it also is making you lose lean muscle tissue.

This is not good, especially since lean muscle is a super important driver in burning more fat throughout the day, and keeping you strong, young, and vibrant.

Let me ask you, how many of you have started a workout and nutrition program then jumped on the weight scale after a 1-2 weeks and freaked out because your weight didn’t go down?

Well, just because your weight didn’t move, more than likely your body composition improved for the better. Meaning you added lean fat blasting muscle, while also reducing your stored body fat.

So rather than just focusing on what the weight scale says, focus on your body composition.

Body composition is simply the amount of weight coming from body fat vs. lean muscle tissue.

In other words, focus on where you want the weight loss to come from.

You need to maintain and build lean muscle while losing your health-stripping, excess body fat.

Here’s another post on methods to measure your body fat %.

Or you could simply take measurements. If your belt buckle is loosening up, that’s an awesome sign that you’re on the right path, even if the weight scale isn’t moving.

Focus on the right outcomes.

Misconception #2: Eating foods low in fat to lose weight

How many times have you been told that dietary fat in foods is the main contributor to producing excess body fat?

Well at the same time this low fat diet phenomenon was heavily promoted in the media, it was also the same time our society gained the most body fat.

The truth is, eating dietary fat does not necessarily correlate to producing excess body fat.

Excessive protein and especially excessive refined, sugary carbohydrates can also be converted into body fat.

Sure there is the law of thermodynamics that states if you’re in a calorie surplus, you’ll add body fat.

But another way to fight fat is balancing your body’s hormones.

The human body has an amazing combination of hormones that are directly controlled by the nutrients you eat, the quality of exercise you participate in, and your lifestyle and environment.

If your hormones are out of balance based on eating the wrong foods, your body has the ability to produce excessive hormones, such as insulin, that then turns your body into a fat storing machine.

Check out one of my most popular posts on how to turn your body into a fat burning machine.

Just because you buy low fat food does not mean you’re safe from producing excess body fat.

So do yourself a favor and do not fall into the ’Low Fat’ label trap.

Bottom Line

Living Lean is about consuming thermogenic foods that help increase your metabolism, burn body fat, and build lean metabolic boosting muscle.

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