When it comes to losing weight, most people get fooled not only by diet myths but also the ones that involve fitness routines.
Most of them are wrong.
Just because your friend told you that a certain physical exercise doesn’t work, that doesn’t make it true.
What’s most likely is that he didn’t perform that exercise right, therefore impeding you to get all the benefits from it too.
What’s best for you is to try it for yourself or better yet, ask an expert in this matter. The gyms nowadays have lots of instructors who are there to help you and give you a professional advice on how to do your exercises.
Still, in case you don’t have a membership at a gym and you work out at home, here are a few of the most common myths you should be aware of:
Myth: Crunches will help you lose belly fat
This is probably the most common one, especially among women. The sad truth is that you won’t lose that fat just by working your abs. Moreover, the best way to lose your belly fat is by doing cardio and strength exercises that involve your whole body. That, plus being on a healthy diet.
Myth: Fat can turn into muscles
This is another crazy myth I’ve been hearing a lot lately. My friends have always told me that I should never do fitness before losing the unwanted pounds, unless I want all the fat to turn into muscles. What they ignore is that fat and muscles are two completely different things and one could never turn into the other.
Myth: You should lift only heavy weights
This is another misconception. You know the weights are good for you when you can feel your muscles working after about 12-15 lifts. If you lift them more than 20 times and still don’t feel anything, than those weights are not good for you. By lifting much heavier weights than you’re supposed to you can easily injure yourself.
Myth:To build muscles your daily menu should very high in proteins and carbohydrates
The body does prefer proteins and carbohydrates for this process, but be careful. Two much of these two can easily be transformed into fat and not muscles. You have to adjust your menu depending on how much muscle mass you want to gain. A nutritionist is the best person to ask in this matter.
Myth: The more you sweat, the more calories you burn
This is also false. You could take for example very long walks or do jogging without breaking a sweat and still burn the same amount of calories. The reason why we sweat is because during work-out, more than half of the energy our bodies lose is in the form of heat. This is why our body temperature tends to rise during prolonged physical activity. So, basically, sweating is just a natural way of cooling down.
With all of these myths cleared up, I hope you will have a better picture on how you should work out to get the maximum benefits.
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Filed under: Diets, Fitness, Tips by Alice in Dietland