Friday, January 14, 2011

Myth #7: Certain foods can burn fat

• Many people believe that certain foods like grapefruit or cabbage soup will help you burn fat.


• No specific food makes you burn fat.

• If you want to lose fat, you have to give your body less calories than it needs, ideally about 500 calories below maintenance level each day. If your body needs 2500 calories each day to stay at your current weight, you will lose weight by eating 2000 calories per day.

• The other option to lose weight would be to exercise so that you are burning extra calories.  A minimum of thirty minutes, five times a week is recommended. Ideally, one should exercise sixty minutes, five times a week for weight loss.  Remember, you don't need to do all that exercise at one time (see Myth #6).

• For optimal fat burning, weight loss and wellness, enjoy both exercise and healthy eating.

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