So I was at my friend’s house last night when his wife walks in from the gym saying her trainer told her she could tone fat away from certain body parts. I almost died laughing when I heard that a personal trainer would tell someone that doing something like crunches can help them tone fat. Really tone fat? How in the world can you tone fat? You either lose fat or gain fat, but tone and fat really should never be mentioned together in my opinion.
“Sadly there is no magic trick for fat loss or toning your muscles. Unlike pulling a rabbit out of a hat no one can magicially make fat disappear. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you are doing something that is impossible to do such as toning fat.”
The Sad Reality of This
I started talking to my friend’s wife and discovered that she had heard this from several other people when I began to see that so many women are being mislead to believe the wrong information in regards to toning and fat loss. See I have been out with my friends and see how many calories she puts in from one meal. Just looking at her diet I could tell that she would not be able to lose fat.
The problem was that she put all her focus on weight training and cardio and hardly any effort on her diet. For some reason a lot of women don’t account the amount of fat that they have to the amount of food that they eat. So it only makes sense that the last thing they would think about when it comes to weight loss and body fat would be calories.
No One Wants the Truth
As I tried to discussing with my friend’s wife that she could indeed tone (build) her muscles she would actually have to create a calorie deficit to lose fat. Before I could even explain to her what I was talking about she starting saying that I didn’t know what I was talking about and the only reason I was in shape was because of my high metabolism. Her words where that almost of the women at her job had been told the same thing so what I was telling couldn’t be true.
So I simply asked her,” If most of her co-workers in shape or have they lost any weight?” Her reply to me was,” Not yet but the can feel that their muscles are being worked because they are so sore they day after and they are sweating a lot.”
The Whole Misconception
After hearing that from her I started to understand how someone could get away with making money and keep clients by telling them to tone fat away. A lot of people don’t want to hear the truth and for others they simply hear something so much that they actually believe it to be true. Having sore muscles maybe a slight indication of toning or muscle growth but has nothing to do with fat loss.
While doing exercises and cardio does help you do burn calories it doesn’t mean that you are doing enough work on a weekly basis to create enough of a calorie deficit for fat loss. I don’t know how many times I hear a woman tell me she didn’t lose weight this week because she gained muscle. Really, I highly doubt that as it takes an extremely longer rate of time to build muscle than it does to lose fat.
If it Sounds Too Good
I someone is telling you something that sounds too to be true than if probably isn’t. There is no easy way to lose fat other than reducing calorie intake. Exercise and cardio are definitely needed but 80% will come for what and how much you eat.
A crunch exercises abdominal muscles but will not tone fat away from that area. I see countless numbers of women trying to tone fat by doing thigh, arm and abs exercises only to hear the reason they haven’t seen weight loss on the scale that week was because the gain muscle weight. I don’t want you to be that person that is being misled with bogus information like my friend’s wife was.
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