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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Five lies you will hear about losing fat

In contemporary times when all the hullabaloo is about making money, as any other industry Fitness is also plagued by streaks of lies. Here I bust some of'em.

I'll make you lose fat from your specific body part

Well this is the biggest lie of our times even propagated by some esteemed media houses. Yesterday only I saw a full page article in a leading news daily recommending different weight training exercises to lose fat from belly, thighs, chest etc.
The truth is body parts can't be targeted to lose fat & that has been established with many studies.Fat burning during workout is a complex process.  Doing those torturing crunches & going through hell is absolutely foolish, if your aim is only weight loss. Our bodies are formed according to the genetics. If your genes make you a pear shape obese person, fat will accumulate mostly on your lower body & stick there like a leech,  whatever times you may crunch because you are doing the wrong exercise !
Find here the best fat burning excercises

Steam bath & excess sweating will cut down fat heavily

Why didn't earth crumbled before such dumb claims were made. My dear 'farji' trainers, fat is not water soluble! Steam bath is not a weight loss solution !  The more you sweat more you lose those essential salts(electrolytes) & fluids. More than 90% of sweat is water. A decrease of 5-8 % of body water will result in fatigue, dizziness. Dehydration will give you cramps unless you gulp those rehydration drinks.
Steam & sauna are only purported weight loss solutions with no major, reliable study supporting their claim.

Eat less & all your weight problems will solve
Its not about eating less but eating right & adequate. Cutting down on food heavily will result in lack of necessary vitamins & minerals. On the contrary eating wisely will increase your body metabolism & work as cheat diet. You'll be surprised to know even some fat is necessary for body. Eat well but not in excess.

Whey protein will help you lose fat

This is the ultimate nonsense i have ever heard. Protein isn't going to get inside your body & push the fat out. Whey protein helps in hypertrophy(muscle building). Also when you are working out for longer durations, you may need some protein supplement but i.e. just for preventing muscle breakdown.

Less carbs less weight

Some trainers promote a carb less diet for faster weight loss results. This is again a no brainer, Our energy system needs carbs as fire needs oxygen. You can't burn woods in vacuum, similarly fat burning needs carbohydrates and as i said above it is a complex process.

Train hard Train wise !

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Read about how should you breathe during workout here.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Benefits of proper breathing

In the last blog we talked about how harmful improper breathing is & largely what is 'Valsalva maneuver'. Now lets talk about many benefits of a well breathed workout. Breathing well means, taking long deep breaths into your stomach, using your diaphragm to push air out which is metaphorically called 'belly breathing'. Inhaling from your nose & exhaling from an open mouth.

Best fat burner :

While you are busy surfing, asking your nutritionist/trainer/bulked up friends for the magic fat burner pill, you miss the best  fat burner element present all around you for free. Oxygen is the vital element in fat burning during workouts. When you do that heart pounding cardio, bone cracking weight workout even after all the moaning & groaning it might not be effective. Your calorie meter may give you a satisfying statistic but those calories aren't coming from your fat. Because in absence of proper oxygen supply  it is carbohydrates or in later hours of workout protein taken from you muscle being burned as fuel which is harmful.

Builds rhythm :

Rhythm is important it makes your workout easier & energetic. On contrast random breathing will leave you tired sooner. Synchronize your breathe with the lifting of weights and running. By synchronize i mean exhaling when you apply strength & inhaling when you release weight. For running take two steps(One right, one left) while breathing in, and two steps while breathing out also known as 2:2 rhythm. .      

More weights/more reps :

With more energy & good rhythm you'll see your weights are going higher, you are hitting more reps-more sets.You'll be able to run that extra mile.

Stress buster :

Stress pushes the body into survival mode, body secrets more cortisol which in turn slows down metabolism, stores fat. One also starts eating more.Oxygen fights stress, presence of more oxygen in body means less stress & less weight gain i.e. why Yoga is so helpful.

Good posture :

The muscles which help you breathe also play a part in maintaining body posture. Diaphragm, rib cage are connected with your spine. So if you breathe well you automatically maintain the right posture which is integral part of a healthy workout. Bad posture ruins your form & makes your workout injury prone.

So breathe well & workout harder

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