Here in a world like ours where almost each & every other person is a “Fitness Enthusiast”. Hence everyone is bound to have his/her own philosophy and theory of fitness. So it gets quite confusing at times to know what is a myth and what is a fact. So here we would like to debunk some of the most common myths around fitness.
Myth: Targeted fat loss is possible
It would be nice if we could decide to reduce the volume of the waist, hips, or another part of the body at any given moment. Unfortunately, that’s not possible.
Everyone stores fat in different body parts, which is determined by one’s sex and genetics. The fat deposits are also reduced unevenly.
If you burn more calories than you consume during the day, it will trigger the weight loss process. After a while, you will reach the desired shape, but it will be your entire body (face, breasts, and arms included) that will be losing weight, and this is an accepted truth.
Workouts aimed at certain body parts won’t help either because while they do help burn calories and build muscle, they don’t affect the fat cells in the target part of the body.
Myth: Lifting weights will make women bulky
This also has to be the most common myth, as women tend to avoid lifting weights in the gym to not get bulky.
“Bulky muscles” are caused due to a hormone generated by the human body called testosterone. Surprisingly, women don’t generate enough testosterone as men do to get bulky from lifting weights.
In fact, lifting heavy weights increases metabolism which burns fat faster & as muscle takes up less space than fat, women are more likely to show results of the heavy lifting than men.
Myth: Don’t eat late at night
The myth stems from the choices we usually make for late-night snacking—processed foods, or foods high in sugars and extra fat.
Believe it or not, calories can’t tell time. Your body processes calories the same, no matter what time you eat them.
So avoid binging and monitor what and how much you eat rather than when you eat.
Myth: Drinking Green tea burns belly fat.
Any time you change your diet to start a new plan in which you burn more energy than you consume, you’re likely to “burn” off some additional fat mass.
That said, no food or drink can “spot train” any body parts! Keep in mind that green tea beverages are often still sugary beverages, which has been linked both to weight gain over time (specifically, abdominal fat), so just make sure that you’re choosing versions with “0g” of sugar and “0 calories” per serving.
So proper exercises and diet regime should be followed to reduce body fat as fat reduction of a specific body part is not possible.
Myth: 10k steps will make me fit
If you own a pedometer or any other kind of activity tracker you’ve probably held yourself to a 10,000-step goal. But, surprisingly, that magic number was part of a marketing campaign and is not backed by real science.
As we know each person has distinct genes and body compositions, so an exact 10k steps for each and every person to stay fit is not possible. And hence it was a marketing gimmick used to sell smartwatches with pedometers.
In fact,10k steps accelerate only the weight loss process and to stay fit we need to do include various exercises in the workout regime apart from taking 10k steps every day.
Myth: I lost weight, I am losing fat
This has to be the most common myth, as people always compare weight loss directly to fat loss.
But weight loss can also be attributed to muscle loss or water content loss. If it is water loss, then you tend to gain that much weight again once water content is back to normal in the body. And if it is muscle loss, then the weight loss is not good for the health.
So to lose fat & not muscle, one should focus on proper diet and training schedule for prolong periods.
Myth: Losing muscle as not been to the gym for a week
A sabbatical from the gym for a week is not as bad as you think and it could actually be a blessing in disguise in most of the cases.
This sabbatical helps you recover the existing niggles and reset your batteries. This also gives enough rest to the muscles, so that you stay injury-free. Burnout and overtraining can also be avoided because of it.
So every now and then a week’s rest from your full intensity hardcore workout could just be the tonic to speed up the muscle-building process.