Some say, “the more you sweat, the more weight you will lose” while others say, “if you’re aiming for weight loss, then cardio is the best workout for you”. If you are new to fitness, you will get to hear many such things. But let me tell you, most of them are actually myths. They can stop you from achieving your fitness goals and also have a detrimental effect on your body. Thus, before you start on your fitness regimen, here are seven myths that you need to stop believing in right now.
Myth 1: The More You Sweat, The More Weight You Will Lose.
Weight loss is all about burning calories. At the end of the day, all that matters is the number of calories that you have been able to burn rather than how much you sweat while working out. The number of calories spent (the energy) must always be greater than the number of calories consumed (in the form of food) if you are aiming to lose weight.
Myth 2: No Pain, No Gain.
If you get body pains or sore muscles after exercising, it doesn’t mean that you’re getting fitter. Whenever you start practicing a new exercise or lift a heavier weight, muscle soreness is quite common. But, if you experience serious pain, it’s a sign that you must stop immediately. It’s an indication that you’re injuring yourself.
Myth 3: Crunches Are The Key To Six-Pack Abs.
You get flat abs when you do exercises that burn off fats, such as planks and push-ups. These exercises are far more effective than crunches. Yes, crunches do help in toning your abs, but the key to flat (or six-pack) abs is doing exercises that target the whole core, combined with cardio and a healthy diet.
Myth 4: All Calories Are Equal.
Calories are of different types, such as protein calories, carb calories, fat calories, etc. Though all of them have the same energy content, they do not have a similar effect on our body. Thus, you need to need to understand about each of them and start working on burning those calories that help you lose weight.
Myth 5: Cardio Is For Weight Loss And Strength Training Is To Build Muscles.
Cardio workout is a great way to burn fat. However, it burns fat only while you are exercising and not the entire day. Other exercises, such as weight lifting, help in overall weight loss and work full-time. For better and faster results, you must perform both cardio and weightlifting exercises.
Myth 6: Girls Must Not Do Weightlifting.
This is another big myth that only boys must do weightlifting. This is totally false. Agreed, girls need to focus more on toning their body, but along with it, strengthening the body is equally important. This can be achieved only with the help of weight lifting exercises.
Myth 7: Skipping Meals Helps You Lose Weight.
Many people believe that skipping meals, especially breakfast, assists in weight loss, but the case is otherwise. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, and if you skip your breakfast and work out, you will feel more hungry. And eventually, you will end up eating more food for dinner. Thus, starving is a big NO NO.
A healthy diet and a proper and well-trained routine is what you need for a healthy and fit body.