Dangerous Myths About Diet and Exercise

With so many resources available for dieting and fitness, there is a world of misinformation that can derail our dieting and fitness goals.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common misconceptions about dieting and fitness that have been around for years and continue impeding us from our fitness goals. 

You Can Lose Weight Working Out Hungry

One of the oldest misunderstandings about how our body burns fat when we exercise is that if we have no food to burn, our body burns fat. Although it would seem logical at first, this is far from the way the body actually functions. When we are working out with weights, our muscles are experiencing tiny fractures each time we lift.

Our body is smart enough to anticipate future lifting, so it makes repairs to these areas and makes them stronger (and bigger) for next time. But to do these repairs, our body requires protein.

If it doesn’t have it, it instead resorts to tearing proteins out of our existing muscles which means they get smaller. That’s right, if you work out on an empty stomach, you will mostly likely end up with less muscle mass than you started with.

Be sure to enjoy a protein shake or protein bar after your workout to start the proper repairs.

If You Do 300 Crunches a Day, You’ll Have a Six Pack

The abdomen muscles are a complex set of muscles that cannot be trained with a single exercise. Having a visible six pack also comes from lowering our body weight so that these muscles are visible.

It takes comprehensive body workout and dieting to get a six pack. Doing tons of crunches is only going to lead to injury and soreness.

The More You Work Out the More Results You’ll See

When we get motivated to lose weight or put on some muscle, we may never want to leave the gym. But over-training is very dangerous since it puts us at risk for injury. If your goal is to gain muscle, you need to do low repetitions of higher weights a few times a week.

You have to make each lift count. More reps will build more lean muscle. It is important to know where to put limits on working out to avoid injury and exhaustion.

Cardio Burns More Fat than Weight Lifting

Another belief that seems logical is that running and sports burn calories, and lifting weights builds bulky muscle. It is true that cardio activity will help us lose weight and burns calories, but we can actually end up burning more calories through a weight lifting session.

Why? When we engage in cardio activity our body burns calories while working out and has a residual calorie burning effect for a few hours after.

A weight training session burns calories just like the cardio, but its residual effect lasts for up to 48 hours as the repairs mentioned earlier are being done in your body. This means if you work out 3 times a week your metabolism could be in this extra calorie burning mode the entire time!

Knowledge is the key to a successful fitness plan, make sure you take some time to do your research, learn the science behind the different types of exercise and this will help you reach new levels in fitness training.

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