Some Weight Loss Misconceptions

I thought we should get some of the weight loss misconceptions out of the way to make your fitness and weight loss journey a little easier. Health education is good education!
1. It’s actually NOT true that eating 5-6 smaller meals a day will rev your metabolism.
Really. The myth that you should eat 5-6 smaller meals is a myth that has circulated around the internet since forever. The idea is that eating frequently will keep your metabolism high and you’ll burn more calories. This has to do with the Thermic Effect of Feeding (TEF) and a misunderstanding about it. What TEF states is that when your body processes the food you eat, the body expends a few more calories than usual, at about 10%. So for example, if you eat 300 calories of something, you can expect that 30 calories will burn off just during digestion. So when we eat, our metabolism spikes slightly.
Where the misunderstanding comes in is when people think that eating 5-6 smaller meals will cause more spikes so therefore more calories being burned. But the spikes are smaller because of the decreased caloric intake at the mealtimes. Even if you have 6 smaller spikes, it’ll equal up to the 3 larger spikes. So basically, if two people consuming 2000 calories in a day and one of the people split that up 6 times, and the other person 3 times, they still consumed the same amount of calories so it doesn’t matter.
At the end of the day, the calories burned through TEF will be the same whether the person ate 3 regular meals or 5-6 smaller ones. If you prefer 5-6 smaller meals or if you eat the traditional 3 a day, then by all means, continue on.:)
2. You cannot burn belly fat by exercising abdominal muscles
I believed once that you had to do those abdominal exercises and did a lot of crunches during that time. Didn’t notice a bit of difference. And there’s a reason for that! I like this analogy:
Imagine this in your mind. You are on a boat, in the middle of a lake. You have a bucket. You fill your bucket with water from the lake.
When you removed the water.. did you leave a hole in the lake, where that water used to be, Or was the quantity of water in the entire lake reduced all at once,
That is how fat in the human body works. It all burns at once, or not at all. You cannot pick and choose WHERE to burn fat.
3. Eating late at night (like after 8pm) won’t make you gain more weight.
The same meal has the same calories at 10 p.m. as it does at 6 p.m. You’re fine as long as the number of calories you take in during the day isn’t more than the calories you burn. It probably became a misconception that eating late would cause more weight gain because usual late night eating is with snack foods which are low in nutrition but high in calories. So if you’re hungry after supper, go for a good snack like an apple or some carrots.
So there’s a few things you don’t have to worry about.

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