When it comes to dieting, weight loss and exercise, there are myriad of misconceptions about the best route(s) to improve overall health and well-being. Let’s debunk some of the more common myths below, and educate ourselves on how to implement the proper balance between diet and exercise for a sustainable routine.
It Is Easy to Lose Weight by Only Eating Once a Day
Eating a single meal per day is not only unhealthy, but doing so also drives your body into survival mode, since it doesn’t know when to expect the next intake. As a result, food that IS consumed mainly converts into fat storage. This is your body’s way of preserving itself. In addition, most people who follow this practice tend to eat much larger portions (which can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar levels).
A much better approach would be to eat three smaller meals, and snack two to three times throughout the entire day. Ideally, you should be eatingevery two to three hours to keep the body fueled and energized. Just remember to measure out your portions to avoid overeating. Initially, this may seem like you’re eating less. However, you’d be surprised by how full and satiated your body feels when eating smaller meals more frequently.
I Only Need to Change My Eating Habits to Lose Weight
While some do make noticeable progress and shed weight during the first month or so of a new diet, many will eventuallyplateau. At this point, it’s even possible to actually start regaining some of the lost weight. As such, it’s extremely important to understand that diet and exercise go hand in hand. Having proper and healthy eating habits plays a significant role in weight loss, but at the end of the day – it’s all a numbers game. In order to lose weight and keep it off, you must burn more calories than you consume.
At Elite Martial Arts, we incorporate a great Conditioning program that complements our KravMaga training. It’s a 30 minute, full-body workout that incorporates cardio and weight lifting, with much focus on intensity and endurance. Each month, we introduce a new regimen for muscle confusion to keep it challenging. This is offered at all three of our locations: Downtown Toronto, Mississauga, and North York.
We also offer a phenomenal Muay Thai program, which brings another level of physicality to the table. The workouts are equally demanding, and structured to build muscle as well as stamina.
It Is Easier to Workout at Home on My Own
For most individuals, the struggle with working out alone (whether at home or the gym) is the longevity aspect. In time, lifting dumbbells and running on the treadmill will lose their luster. Without a support system, it’s difficult to remain motivated. In contrast, classroom and group settings can provide encouragement from others, especially when engaged in an interactive activity where you’re learning life-saving skills.
To learn more about our KravMaga and Muay Thai programs, or to register for a free trial class, please contact your nearest Elite Martial Arts location, or call us at 647-406-9862 today!