Top 3 Myths to Fighting Stubborn Fat
- Possible Pat
- May 3, 2017
Whether you have a lot of weight to lose like I did or you have gone through the journey of taking the pounds off and are trying to get rid of that last stubborn belly fat, there is probably a handful of conflicting advice that you have gotten. I know, because I heard them as I was losing weight.
Too many people tried to give me advice when I was first starting to lose weight, and I didn’t know who to believe. If you have people telling you how to lose weight, or how to shrink belly fat, then there is a chance you feel even more lost than when you started. You may be trying some of this advice and not be seeing the results that you want.
Often, when we try something that we are told is fool proof, or we try something we are told is the “only way to do something,” and we don’t succeed, it can lead us to believe that there is something that is specifically wrong with us. It makes you ask yourself, “why can’t I lose the weight? What is wrong with me?”
Yes, for some there may be a reason they can’t lose the weight, but for most of us, it is because we are not approaching weight loss with the right advice and so we are holding ourselves back and even sabotaging our results. We simply don’t have the knowledge and tool necessary to be successful on our own.
I know this because I have been there. I had tried to lose weight and failed. I thought I did what I needed to only to either not lose the weight altogether, or lose a little bit and put it all back on. Sometimes, I put on even more weight than I had initially lost. Time and time again I was so discouraged that I didn’t want to continue. I thought it was just the way I was. There were times I thought there was something wrong with me and there was something inherently different about me that caused me to gain weight, rather than be able to lose it all. I felt like there obviously had to be something out of my control that would not let me move forward and I was doomed to carry around the weight forever.
As it turns out, there was nothing wrong with me, and I had the ability to lose the weight. I was just going about it all wrong! I was listening to people tell me that I had to do “this” to lose the weight, or that I should take “that” shortcut. In reality, they were wrong. There was no shortcut, tricks or hacks to quickly drop the pounds. There was no “easy” way to save my life, and although I didn’t know it at the time, it was going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of patience. It was all about eating right and in the right portions, consistently.
Top 3 Weight Loss Myths
MYTH: The best way to lose body fat is by taking pills, doing body wraps, consuming meal replacements, and a ton of supplements.
TRUTH: You can’t lose weight by just taking a bunch of pills, supplements, and meal replacements. They just don’t work and can even be dangerous. There is no shortcut or trick you can implement. It takes hard work, patience, and consistency. The only thing on this list I would even say you could use is supplements. If you use the right supplements, such as an all natural protein to help supplement your diet, that is a different story. You can use these to help get the nutrients your diet needs, but they are not a fix-all solution, and there are plenty of supplements that will do more harm than good, so be careful of what you take and do your research first. Never take anything that promises to “burn the fat”.
MYTH: You need to eat specific fat burning foods to lose weight and avoid other high sugar foods to not gain weight.
TRUTH: While you should avoid foods that are high in sugar, there is no such thing as a fat burning food. When you eat, make sure you are eating whole foods, rather than foods that are processed and contain a bunch of sugar and additives that are meant to give it flavor and make it last longer. What matters are the calories in your food, the amount of protein you consume, and eating a combination of healthy food. When you are first starting out, this can be difficult. You can sign up for my Approved Foods List for a collection of foods that are healthy and make the switch to a healthier diet a little bit easier. This makes it easy for you to grocery shop, and decide what foods you should be focusing on for real weight loss. Plus, it is completely free.
MYTH: You can “target” stubborn fat on problem areas with special exercises.
TRUTH: For some of you, you may not have heard this myth yet. If you have a lot of weight to lose, you may not have gotten to the point where you want to target specific areas of your body, but as you drop the weight, you will get there, and I want you to be ready for this myth. The truth is, where you store fat is mostly up to genetics. Some of us store it in our mid-sections, and some of us may store it in our thighs. It has nothing to do with the type of exercises we are doing and all about your genes. That doesn’t mean you can’t get rid of it, but rather it will have to be worked off just like the fat all over your body.
I know there are plenty of other myths you will come across and be told as you try and lose the weight, but these are the three that I have heard over and over again. If you come across a piece of advice that you are unsure about leave me a comment below. You can also let me know some of the top myths that you have heard as you have tried to lose weight.
If you want just to skip the myths altogether, be sure to check out my Custom Meal Plans, where my nutritionist will make a meal plan for you based on your body and your goals. This is the same nutritionist I use today to make my meal plans. We’ll be sure to make a plan you will enjoy being on because it will be based on the types of foods that you already enjoy eating. When you enjoy the foods you are eating, you are more likely to lose the weight, and I want to make sure you get all the help you need.
Also, be sure to keep an eye out for future blogs where I will be giving you more advice, more insight, and even some healthy recipes you can start implementing in your life right now, such as my healthy version of a burger and fries! Click here to get that recipe now.
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About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.