Emily Skye has taken the fitness world by storm with thanks to exponential social media growth on social media sites Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. A successful fitness model, personal trainer and fitness author, Emily Skye has written and designed (along with consultation from dieticians) the 28-day shred and the 30-day ab shred. Having modeled since age 15, Emily decided on changing her physical appearance through health and fitness: she did not want to become slim and lean, instead Emily was inspired by physical strength and gaining muscle. “Sadly, like most people, I worked out the hard way that there are no quick fixes to being healthy and fit,” said Emily. “I did almost everything the wrong way, before figuring out the right way. Seeing how much a healthy lifestyle affected me, not only physically, but mentally, is what inspired me to help others to be the healthiest version of themselves,” she said. Here she shares her top health tips to bust those myths...
FIB # 1: EATING CARBS AT NIGHT WILL MAKE YOU FAT
FACT: Many people believe that eating carbs at night is a real ‘no, no’ but Emily insists this is not the case. "Eating carbs at night won't make you fat, nor will it stop you losing fat. It all comes down to what you eat and how much you eat each day." she says.
FIB # 2: LONG, SLOW CARDIO SESSIONS ARE THE BEST FOR BURNING FAT
FACT: Contrary to popular belief, embarking on a long slow cardio session is not the best way to lose fat. Emily insists that High Intensity Interval Training and weights are the way to go. "Weights and high intensity training for a shorter period of time is definitely the most effective way to burn fat. You’ll burn fat for up to 24 hours after you finish training compared to only around an hour or two after slow cardio."
FIB # 3: IF YOU WANT TO LOSE FAT THEN EAT LESS
FACT: "When it comes to getting your fat percentage down, you don't necessarily need to eat less, sometimes you may even need to eat more!" says Emily. "What you eat is so much more important than how much you eat. Giving your body a good balance of nutrients is far more important than the size of your meals."
FIB # 4: EATING FAT WILL MAKE YOU FAT
FACT: "Fat will not make you fat - good fats give you energy, help rebuild cells and produce hormones." says Emily, who advises that you should avoid consuming saturated fats (excluding coconut oil) and trans fats. "Also avoid low fat foods as they are usually choc-full of sugar and chemicals."
FIB # 5: WOMEN BULK UP IF THEY LIFT WEIGHTS
FACT: Weights shape and sculpt your body, whilst also burning fat and unless you’re taking some serious supplements, they will never make you look masculine or bulky. According to Emily, it takes a lot of deliberate effort with your training and diet to get even close to bulking up.
FIB # 6: YOU NEED TO CRUNCH YOUR WAY TO ROCK HARD ABS
FACT: "You can do all the abdominal work you like, but if you don't eat clean and do full body exercises to remove the layer of fat covering your abs, then you’ll never achieve the desired definition," advises Emily.
FIB # 7: STRENGTH TRAINING IS DANGEROUS
FACT: Whether you’re strength training or doing cardio all exercises are dangerous if they’re not done correctly. As long as you learn proper technique strength training, it is completely safe and important to any fitness plan.
FIB # 8: THE SCALES TELL ALL
FACT: The scales only tell you how much your total weight is, not how lean you are so don't paic if you see a few extra kilo's! So the best way to track progress is by how you look, how your clothes fit and by taking a measure of your total body fat.
FIB# 9: THE LONGER YOU SWEAT, THE BETTER YOU’LL GET
FACT: "When it comes to exercise it’s all about quality, not quantity", says Emily. "Overtraining can actually cause your body stress which can cause it to store fat. Focusing on efficient workouts, good nutrition, adequate sleep and rest will give you the best shot at getting the best results."
FIB #10: YOU BURN MORE FAT ON AN EMPTY STOMACH
FACT: Fuelling your body a few hours before exercising with nutritious food will have a much greater impact on your fat burning potential as you have more energy to push through your workout. People who train on an empty stomach don't tend to train as vigorously and tend will most often binge after training.