Everywhere you turn there’s another headline about how to lose weight and shave off fat. Many of these eye-catching headlines are myths, plain and simple. And if you’re not careful, they can suck you in and spit you out, without helping you lose any weight at all.

What myths are out there waiting to trick you? Here are seven that you’re most likely to come up against.

Fat Loss Myth # 1: You Need to Work Out Every Day – A little bit of working out will help you lose a little bit of weight, so a lot will help a lot…? If your “little bit” of working out involves taking a walk from your living room to your mailbox, ramping up to a jog around the neighborhood, then everyday is a good thing. If your body can’t recover, you can’t get your peak performance every day, making it harder to burn fat.

Fat Loss Myth # 2: No Coffee! – If you’re a coffee lover and you’re trying to lose weight, you don’t have to give up your hot caffeinated goodness altogether. Once you get used to the taste of black coffee, you may find that drinking a cup half an hour before your workout will actually propel you to your best sessions ever.

Fat Loss Myth # 3: Slow Is Better – Slow-moving folks rejoiced at the idea that a slower pace could mean more fat burned. And while moving slower– walking instead of running– may seem more appealing, there is a problem. Because moving at a faster pace and pushing yourself harder will always burn more calories in less time. Of course, if you plan to walk at a moderate pace for three hours, you will burn more than if you sprint 100 yards and call it quits. If you can sprint 100 yards, walk 20 yards, and then sprint again, repeating the process for an hour, you will easily shed more calories, fat, and pounds, than just going for a walk.

Fat Loss Myth # 4: Cardio Is All You Need – Want to lose weight? Good. You’ll need to get some cardiovascular exercise. But don’t buy into the idea that cardio is all you need to lose weight. Your aerobic workouts will eventually work to burn off your muscle as well as fat if you don’t lift weights or do some sort of strength training. In the end, this means less strength and a lower metabolism– both which could lead to an inability to maintain a workout routine.

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Fat Loss Myth # 5: Your Workout Should Be Killer – Ever feel your workout didn’t work you hard enough? Pushing your body so hard that you can’t function after a workout may give you mental assurance that you’re working hard, but it’s putting you at extreme risk for extreme injury.

Fat Loss Myth # 6: Heat Burns More – Slide this one under the heading “Stranger Than Fiction,” but according to research, those hot yoga classes may not be paying off like you expect. Strangely, they found that people who slept in a colder environment increased their weight loss ability substantially more than those who slept in a warmer temperature. Granted, the study involved sleeping and not exercising, but the chill should transfer to your workouts. If there are any changes, get the temp turned down a notch for a month or two and see!

Fat Loss Myth # 7: There Are Negative-Calorie Foods – Whether you’ve bought into the myth or not, you’ve likely heard that certain foods– celery is a favorite– burn more calories via digestion than they contain. If you eat nothing but celery, you’ll burn more calories than you consume, which catapults your weight-loss ability into the heavens.

Once and for all, call or email me today and we will get you started on the exercise program that will reshape your body and shed that fat!

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