7 Myths About Body Fat

Did you know that many people try out different diets and exercise in an effort to get rid of excess body fat? Different people see different results. For women, body fat is viewed as a hindrance to looking fit.

There are many myths about fat. It is only by separating myth from fact that men and women will be able to successfully rid themselves of excess body fat. One technique recently introduced to aid in this weight loss goal is lipo laser body sculpting. The seven myths about body fat are as follows:

Myth 1: Body fat is only found under the surface of the skin.

The subcutaneous fat (fat near the surface of the skin) is the most recognized body fat and it normally accumulates throughout the body. In fact, the body organs accumulate fats as well–this is called visceral fats, and are found, for example, on the surface of the heart. According to research carried out by the National Obesity Forum, accumulation of visceral fats is unhealthy and potentially toxic if it exceeds normal range. When regularly exercising, they visceral fats burn away–this change can be noticed within a short period after one begins exercising.

Myth 2: Muscles turn to fat if we don’t exercise.

Muscles and fats are very different, and if one does not exercise, the fat starts to accumulate rapidly. Fat can end up masking muscles, but the muscles cannot turn into fat. When a person begins exercising again, normal body size and shape is regained.

Myth 3: Body fat develops by eating fatty foods.

Fats found in the food we take do not automatically turn into body fat. Instead, fats in the body are formed from excess calories. This occurs when the body takes in more calories than it requires to use for energy, and the excess of these calories are stored in the form fats as a reserve. Regardless of where the calories come from, if they are all used up, there will be no fat formation.

Myth 4: Starving oneself burns down the fats.

Decreased supply of the body with calories will result in burning fat. But if this continues for a longer period, it can result in starvation mode where the body breaks fats at a much slower rate than normal. When food is introduced again, the body might store fats in preparation for any future deprivation. This can result in the person gaining even more weight than if he or she had maintained their normal diet.

Myth 5: A person can just lose body fat from one area.

Many believe there are exercises that can lead to burning of fats from one specific area. For example, that one hundred crunches will lead to burning of belly fat. But the truth is that the fat will not just decrease at one spot–instead it decreases evenly throughout the whole body. This ensures that one portion of the body is not depleted of fats more than any other.

Myth 6: Body fat regulates body temperature.

Initially, scientists believed fat is a regulator of body temperature. New information actually suggests that it is the muscles which regulate body temperature (although it is not yet understood why). According to a report that was published in Nature Medicine, there is a muscle protein called scarlopin which is believed to aid regulation of body temperature. It is also believed that muscle contraction generates heat.

Myth 7: Body fat weighs less than muscle.

Body fat and muscle weigh the same, just like a pound of bricks weighs the same as a pound of cotton. Muscles are, however, denser than body fats and therefore when one is exercising, they end up building muscle as they shed off the body fat–hence, it is quite difficult to notice the weight loss that occurs.

From these myths, it can be concluded that both dieting and an exercise plan will result in gradual reduction of body fat all over the body. In addition to this, lipo laser body sculpting can be a less complicated alternative for removal of excess body fat. In order for men and women to successfully get rid of excess body fat, one should follow the proven scientific facts and be skeptical of myths that may mislead them.

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