Health and fitness shouldn’t be just a week-long fad. It should be a life-long pursuit. Each new gain should bring about a slew of new goals. Fitness is not about being better than someone. Fitness is being better than the person you were yesterday. Are you killing it at the gym but not losing weight? We all have heard about No pain, no gain but working out with all your zest and zeal but not seeing results? If you have fallen prey to wrong advice, this article will help direct to the right path.
MYTH NUMBER 1: THE MORE YOU SWEAT, THE MORE WEIGHT YOU LOSE: Maybe you are drenched in sweat. That doesn’t mean you have burnt any additional calories. It is your biological response. You may see a person drenched with sweat but that does not mean that they will lose faster. You may workout in summer but sweat more but it does not mean that you will lose more weight.
MYTH NUMBER 2: I CAN EAT WHATEVER I FEEL LIKE AS LONG AS I AM WORKING OUT:
If you think that you can eat as many carbohydrates and fats you feel like as long as you are working out then you are mistaken. You may be working out but those fats are very hard to melt and they would result in an increase in your inches and they take a lot of time to shed off, so beware before killing your workout by that pretentious pizza.
MYTH NUMBER 3: DOING CARDIO WILL SHED THOSE POUNDS:
If you think that doing cardio is enough for weight loss then it’s a myth you need to overcome. Cardio may help you reduce your weight up to a level but after that those tough pounds are very difficult to melt. So weight training is equally important to reduce and maintain your weight. You need to keep a balance between cardio and body training.
MYTH NUMBER 4: RUNNING MAY HARM YOUR KNEES:
You may have come across people discouraging you about running and hitting the treadmill but a recent study proved that running is actually healthy for your body and claims that it makes your body stronger.
MYTH NUMBER 5: RELYING ON THE SO CALLED DIET FOOD:
You may have encountered those sugar free cookies or diet soda or diet dressings but sorry to break your bubble, those DIET tags are mere tags and do not help you lose weight. When you consume diet food you tend to consume more than your actual appetite and your calorie intake would increase. So working out and eating diet food do not go hand in hand.
MYTH NUMBER 6: SAYING NO TO FATS IS ALWAYS NOT THE RIGHT OPTION:
We may think that if we only consume proteins and eliminate the fat in our diet, it will reduce our weight, but it is a wrong thing to do, there are two kinds of fats: good fats and bad fats and if you stay away from the good fat which helps you reduce weight then it is a wake-up call for you. Good fats include avocados, peanut butter, etc so they actually aid weight loss.
MYTH NUMBER 7: MORE GYM TIME MEANS MORE WEIGHT LOSS:
You may be working out for additional hours but the weight still remains the same, losing weight does not depend on the time period you work out for but the way you work out. So you should give attention to the exercises you do and do them correctly.
MYTH NUMBER 8: WEIGHTS MAKE WOMEN BULKY:
You may have come across criticism when you lift weights being a woman, weight training is equally important for a woman so one should also give time to lift weights and it will not give you manly shape.
MYTH NUMBER 9: ALWAYS START YOUR WORKOUT WITH CARDIO:
If you think that you should start your workout by doing cardio then you are wrong. If you start your workout by weight training then your body will already be in weight losing position and you will not need additional energy in cardio to warm up your body.
MYTH NUMBER 10: A PROTEIN BAR IS A GOOD SUBSTITUTION FOR MEAL:
If you are falling prey to the yoga bars or meal replacement bars then you should immediately stop. Those bars do not only lack complete nutrition but they also do not satisfy the hunger, so when hunger strikes you may eat and your calorie intake may rise. Consuming them once in a while is okay but not every day and especially not as a meal.
MYTH NUMBER 11: IF I WORKOUT FOR 3 HOURS IN A WEEK I WILL LOSE WEIGHT:
Some people have to overcome their perception about gymming that if they work out once in a while then they will reduce weight. It’s a wrong approach to lose weight. It is a lifestyle like sleeping or eating which has to be adopted. Otherwise, say goodbye to weight loss.
It’s amazing how incredibly wrong some beliefs about fitness really are. People think craziest things about exercise, diet and fitness habits, and they’d be surprised to learn all they are myths which have long since been discredited.