The madness has to stop…

We’re here to warn you about 5 myths that most people fall for. This might come across as a soapbox rant and for that we apologize, but trust us when we say that this is a message that needs to be spread.

Your results depend on it.

Don’t waste your time on these:

This is a Myth: Simply eat less food and you’ll lose weight.

Attempting to lose weight by greatly limiting your calories for extended periods of time is not only ineffective, it’s also dangerous. It may seem that ongoing calorie restriction would deliver the quickest weight loss, but your body is complex and by doing so you’ll disrupt your metabolism and slow your results. Yes, you’ll lose weight in the early stages by eating little amounts of food but you’ll soon find out your body will fight back when you stop feeding it the key minerals, nutrients, etc. that are needed for survival.

As most of you learned the hard way, the starvation diet ends with you feeling weak, tired, miserable and frail.

This is a Myth: Diet pills will be an easy way to lose weight.

It’s so tempting! The commercials make compelling claims about the power of diet pills, but don’t fall for it. Diet pills are more likely to damage your health and burn your pocketbook than to slim you down. If someone is promising you your dreams through a pill you need to run, and fast. There are no shortcuts when it comes to your health so please don’t be tempted when they’re presented to you.

This is a Myth: Lots of crunches will flatten your abs.

If crunches gave people flat abs we’d all have them. Seriously, if all we need was 20 minutes of ab work every night nearly every person you know would do it. We all want our midsection to be flat but excessive crunches aren’t the answer for a lean midsection. In order to achieve a lean look you’ll have to focus on full body movements. If you want to shed fat use compound movements, exercises that address multiple muscle groups, to get the best results.

Don’t obsess about crunches if you need a tighter midsection—instead focus on full body movements that are FAR superior for shedding fat.

This is a Myth: Eat packaged diet foods for speedy results.

It is amazing to see the kinds of foods that are packaged as ‘diet’ or ‘weight loss’ aids. More often than not these products are packed with refined sugar and other artificial ingredients that your body doesn’t need.

Don’t eat packaged diet foods—instead stick with nutritious whole foods.

This is a Myth: Your workouts should be very, very difficult if you want to lose fat.

This is the most annoying myth of them all. The last thing your body needs is beat up with an obnoxiously difficult workout. Like most myths, there’s a little bit of truth mixed into it. So yes, your workout should become progressively more challenging over time but this is a process that happens over time.

As you may have already learned. Attempting to train at max intensities every workout only leads to a long list of injuries, not great results.

DO THIS FIRST: Focus on quality.

Instead of worrying about how many calories you need focus on improving the quality of your food. Sure, portion size plays a role but focusing on quality first will allow you to narrow your focus to one area. If you focus your energy on this area first, it will pretty much guarantee you success.

DO THIS SECOND: Get hydrated.

Most adults living in Pittsburgh are at least on some level dehydrated, which will greatly interfere with your health and results. Find a water bottle that you like and fill it up several times throughout the day. Feel free to add lemon or another fruit if it helps.

DO THIS THIRD: Get active in your everyday life.

With 168 hours in a single week you’ll need to add more activity to your everyday life. So, this might mean walking in the park before or after work for 20 minutes, walking the stairs in your home for 10 minutes or maybe even stretching on the floor during your favorite show. The options are endless but the truth is you’ll need to greatly increase your activity to reach your fitness goals.

DO THIS NOW: Get a professional coach.

So before you do anything listed above you should first strongly consider hiring a professional coach. A professional coach is someone who coaches clients like you for a living. It’s not their part time hobby or side gig. It’s their profession. They eat, sleep and live the active and healthy life you’d like to have. This coach will be the glue that ties everything together. He or she will provide you with the support, coaching and accountability to ensure you get to your goals.

And yes there is a significant difference between the coach who does it as side job versus the coach who does it all day, every day.

This spring we’ll be launching our latest fitness masterpiece. It’s a 40-day program that includes professional coaching and support at the highest level. We’re calling this program “REVIVE”.

We’ll be taking a very small group into this program to ensure we can provide you with the highest level of coaching and care possible.

More juicy details coming soon…

In the meantime work on the list above:)

Fuse Fitness Studio is a privately owned gym that provides professional personal training for Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair, Bethel Park and many other Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

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