Today, I want to debunk five of the most prominent fitness myths. This isn’t intended to belittle your knowledge and efforts in the gym, but to inform you so that you can begin on a path to greater success.
Stop wasting your time believing in the following fitness myths, and you will start feeling a whole lot better in yourself!
|Myth 1: Fat-loss can be targeted|
While exercising and eating right will certainly result in a reduction of overall body fat, you cannot choose and control where you lose it. You often hear people ask “How do I lose fat around my waist region?” or “What can I do to get rid of these love handles?”.
The answer? You can’t.
Targeting fat loss or “spot reduction” is simply a theory that has been thrown around for decades. However, there is zero scientific evidence to back the claim.
There’s no fast track to fat loss. Your best bet? Simply strive for a healthier overall lifestyle.
Myth 2: Cardio is the only way to burn fat
While cardio can be utilized as a tool for fat loss, it’s likely not the most effective. Strength training has been shown in a variety of ways to be more effective than cardiovascular training for burning fat.
That’s not all!
It also provides a means to build lean muscle tissue and strengthen bones, while also boosting your metabolism which, in turn, will boost fat loss.
Myth 3: Weight training makes you bulky
While this myth largely pertains to a perception held by women, it does pertain to men as well…
Lifting heavier weights does not necessarily result in bulkiness, especially in women. In fact, building muscle isn’t exclusive to weight training. It also requires an immense amount of testosterone, a rigorous calorie-dense diet, and genetics.