6 common fitness myths busted - JUST THE TIP TUESDAY!
Are you killing it in the gym and feeling frustrated because you aren’t seeing results? How do you know what is right? And who can you trust when it comes to fitness myths and facts?
It seems as though we will always have people telling us what to do and what not to do, many myths, many stories. But are they always right on their part? When it comes to our health and fitness regime, we are often overwhelmed! So let’s find out to what extent these fitness myths hold true?
1. You can spot reduce fat on your body
This is one of the biggest fitness myths that can alter a person’s progress. We cannot spot reduce fat on our body. The body tissue has the same number of fat cells in it, all over the body. It is not that the fat cells can be developed in a specific body part, such as your lower abdomen or thighs. These existing fat cells usually store numbers of lipids in them, leading to enlargement of the cells.
Trying to lose your gut by just doing sit-ups will never work. One million ab exercises a day won't flatten a stomach that is covered in layers of fat.
Burning calories through frequent, consistent cardiovascular exercise helps shed belly fat. Combine this with an improved diet, and you'll create a calorie deficit (eating less calories than you are burning), which trims the belly and other areas of your body.
Eventually, certain exercises will help tone the muscles, which will become visible when the excess fat is gone.
If toning your muscles is important to you, don’t forget to check out my recent article 6 reasons you may not be getting toned to ensure you are not falling victim to some of these mistakes that I made for YEARS while trying to lose over 65 lbs.
2. Lifting makes you bulky as a female
Our body reacts differently to the "heavy lifting". If a female is indulged in heavy lifting her body reacts differently, because of body structure and hormones. It is just a fitness myth because heavy lifting doesn't make anyone bulky or create a particular body structure.
3. Eating carbs makes you fat
Carbs are required by the digestive system to provide energy to different cells. One of the most common fitness myths, is people tend to think that eating carbs make you fat and low-carb diets will make you lose weight. I call BS on this and you shouldn’t fall victim to believing that carbs make you fat for another minute. Following a flexible diet with the right amount of proteins, fats, carbs, and fiber is where you should focus your attention. Being consistent will mean you don’t have to give up your beloved carbs to lose weight, build muscle or increase energy.
4. To lose weight you must “eat clean”
Eating clean generally means your diet should consist of healthy and unprocessed food. However, just by eating clean food does not guarantee a slim and toned figure. Exercise and burning calories will play an important role as you move towards your goal of losing weight. For other main tips to help you achieve your goals, check out 6 simple tips you need for fitness success.
5. You cannot enjoy your favorite food
This is pure myth that I believed for YEARS. Depriving myself of all my favourite foods only to feel frustrated as I watched other “skinny” girls eat tacos, pizza, ice cream and doughnuts! You do not have to give up on what you like to eat in order to lose weight. Weight loss comes down to calories in vs. calories out. It totally depends on the calories you intake and burn. The calories you intakes but do not burn, will be stored as excess fat. That is why I am certified to coach you to follow a flexible diet plan. These plans are commonly known as tracking macros or IIFYM. The reason I love this style of eating, and recommend it to you, is so that you can keep your sanity, enjoy your favourite foods and still see amazing results! You truly can have your cake and eat it too.
6. Cardio exercise = Toned body
While doing cardio will strengthen some of your muscles, a lot of cardio will burn fat, and a little muscle. Cardio is good for your heart health, but if you want to build some muscle tone, you definitely want to add in at least a simple resistance plan.
If you want to lose weight, develop that toned look and increase your energy following a flexible macro diet and a customized fitness program with the support of an online personal trainer would be the #1 thing I recommend doing. You WILL see results like 100’s of my clients around the world who take part in the 8-week program.
Stay strong. Be the fire.
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