The power and prevalence of fitness myths isn’t dropping. You only need a quick look online to see the widespread presence of online banner ads featuring statements like “Lose Belly Fat With This One Simple Trick” to see many myths. Despite the vast amount of resources now available at the click of a mouse, fitness myths continue to mislead and ultimately disappoint. You cannot safely lose 100 pounds in 100 days, so don’t click that link. Don’t buy the product with that promise. PcPools is here to help dispel some of the most common myths around.
1. Weight Increase Equals Fat Increase. This myth isn’t 100% false; generally speaking, adding fat will increase the number on the scale. But the addition of muscle also affects weight. In fact, because muscle is denser than fat, adding muscle will make a person weigh more but appear leaner. Also: weighing oneself every day is not an accurate gauge of daily weight gain or loss. Water & salt retention, time of day, and other factors cause fluctuation unrelated to fat retention or gain.
2. Lifting Weights Makes Women Bulky. First and foremost, most women do not have the natural levels of testosterone requisite for “bulky” muscle gain. Secondly, adding bulk requires a weightlifting program specifically designed for that purpose. Mixing weight training into a fitness regime will not add bulk, and actually helps women lean-out and tone areas of their body.
3. Exercising Allows You To Eat Whatever You Want. Exercising helps burn calories but it isn’t a magic formula. Tailor your nutrient intake to your calorie burn, including what you use up while exercising, but don’t go overboard.
4. You Can Lose Fat In Specific Areas With Specific Exercises. 500 crunches every day doesn’t produce a 6-pack. Bicep curls won’t eliminate “fat arms.” Fat cannot be spot reduced. Fat cell distribution varies from person to person and the only way to reduce fat in certain areas is to reduce your body’s overall fat content.
5. Not Sweating Means You Aren’t Working Out Hard Enough. Swimmers and swimming pool owners know this is a myth better than anyone else, but what’s the reason for it? Heart-rate is the best immediate measure of exercise effectiveness whereas sweat is merely a function of temperature regulation. The two are often correlated—so this myth is understandable—but correlation doesn’t equal causation! You can burn calories and lose weight without sweating.