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6 myths about weight loss

When it comes to fitness, the myths out there are endless! Plus, keeping up with the latest fitness or diet trends can be exhausting.

While the internet is littered with myths about weight loss, it’s often full of useful information too so we’d like to help you sort the good from the bad by debunking some of the most common myths about weight loss.

Myth #1: “You can be super thin, you just have to work harder!’”

Your genetics play a major role in your natural shape and sometimes no matter how hard you try, you won’t have the body of a supermodel. Instead, work on being proud of your own body and exercise so that you feel healthy and strong. Managing your weight is an important part of staying healthy but being obsessed with your weight isn’t healthy either. So be kind to yourself and remember to never compare to anyone else, especially the 1%.

Myth #2:“Working out will turn my fat into muscle”

Fat and muscle are completely different types of body tissue. They are built up of different cells and because of this, it’s not possible to turn fat into muscle. This goes both ways, your muscles are not converted back into fat if you stop working out. On the other hand, with the help of exercise, you can reduce your overall body fat and increase your muscle.

Myth #3:“I have to work out for at least 20 minutes to start burning fat”

Your body is always burning fat and carbohydrates to maintain bodily functions! Although, when you exercise at a high intensity, the body begins to burn more fat and carbohydrates to make up for the increased need for energy. So your body is actually burning fat at all times, but when you work out, it’s intensified – right from the start.

Myth #4:“Strength training doesn’t increase my metabolism, that’s why I only do cardio”

It’s true that cardio consumes more energy than strength training. Although strength training builds more muscle than cardio and muscle burns more energy (calories), even at rest. This means that as your muscle mass increases, your body’s fat burning potential increases as well. Cardio may burn more calories in the short term but strength training increases the body’s metabolic rate so that you burn more calories 24/7! To get the best results, we recommend a combination of both cardio and strength training.

Myth #5:“If I have clothes made of plastic or I work out in warm environments, I sweat more which means I will burn more fat”

Sweating is a passive activity used to regulate body temperature, but requires no extra energy. This means that you don’t actually burn more calories or fat when you sweat. In fact, all sweating does is cause you to lose large amounts of fluid, which can decrease athletic performance and increase the risk of dehydration.

Myth #6:“Carbs are the enemy of weight loss!”

Carbs are not bad for your despite what some may insist, your body actually needs carbs to burn fat. As long as your carb intake is less than your protein intake, you should still be able to lose weight. Also, choosing healthier carbs that contain fiber, vitamins and minerals will help you lose weight and get all the health benefits of a balanced diet.

With so many myths out there, fact checking has never been more important. Did you use to believe any of these myths? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook @SevenWorkouts.