The Myths And Reality Of Weight Loss - The Ice Cream Diet!

Weight loss is an area of science where myths are so plentiful it's hard to work out the exact truth about the subject. Let's face it we are all looking for the dawning of an easy diet where the weight falls off without having to display any will power whatsoever. Although this may happen one day in the future, for the time being there are no wands to be waved. However, there are some myths which can be done away with right here and now.

Here's a good one to get us started. Eating ice cream can make you loose weight. This little gem is based on the theory that energy is needed to warm the ice cream up, thus your body will burn energy whilst eating the ice cream.

We all know the rules of basic physics say that any action the body takes requires energy in one form or another. However, when the product you are eating, ice-cream in this case, is full of fat and sugar, you will be taking in many more calories than what you will burn off during the action of eating the dessert.

For a change ice water is sometimes used in the myth. Whilst it's true that water contains no calories, the energy needed to warm the water to the temperature of your body is insignificant as far as losing weight goes. However, when the body is slightly dehydrated you quite often feel hungry and drinking water to fill you up will mean taking in far fewer calories than fruit juice or soda water.

Here's another myth you may have heard - a pound of added muscle burns up an extra 50 calories. This statement is simply not true as well as being completely senseless. What does this mean - burns up 50 calories and over how long a period of time is this supposed to happen? We can consume around 70 calories each and every hour by sitting around doing nothing, as our bodies use energy to regulate our internal temperature, pump blood around our systems and repair damaged cells.

A pound of new muscle, at the most, will burn a dozen calories each hour. Nonetheless, adding muscle to our bodies is a good idea as it requires a certain amount of effort to do so. This can be achieved by some form of vigorous exercise such as weight training and running. Gentle exercise like walking is good but tends to tone the body rather than add muscle. In the region of 350 calories will be burned off when the average person performs a workout lasting for an hour or so.

This kind of exercise also raises the daily metabolic rate, burning around 250 calories more than if no exercise had been taken. Brisk walking will also burn calories off but at a lower level than vigorous exercise. Working out every other day is good and if you can take a walk on the no workout days, that's even better. The muscles will remain toned and stretched and lactic acid, the cause of sore muscles will be prevented.

When you consume more calories than your body needs, the energy is stored in the form of fatty tissues and chemical bonds. In turn, when you body needs more energy than you have supplied it will draw on the fat stores which will lead to weight loss. To do this it's best that you forget the myths of weight loss and concentrate on a combination of regular exercise and healthy eating to achieve your goals.