There are so many myths and legends out there when it comes to weight loss and it’s astounding just how many people listen to it! You might think that eating after 6pm will make you gain weight, but whether you eat a doughnut at 5.55pm or 6.05pm, the calories and effects are still the same on your body. Keeping up with the latest and greatest diet trends can be exhausting, but it’s more important that you look out for the trends that are actually worth it and true before you embark on something new.
There are a lot of myths, sure, but there are also some truths. Busting these myths will help you to make the best possible decisions for your health. Whether you are searching for the Keto whoosh effect or you want to start intermittent fasting, there are things to know before you get started! With this in mind, let’s take a look at six weight loss myths you definitely need to know!
- Myth: You have to work harder to be thin!
Did you know that genetics plays a big part in whether you are thin, thick or something in between? It doesn’t matter how hard you try sometimes, you will never get to the stage of being “thin”. Being proud of the body you have, the bones you have and the way your body looks is vital. You need to ensure that you have the right expectations and only push your body so far so you don’t do any damage. You’re not always going to be the 1% – so be aware of that.
- Myth: Working out turns fat to muscle.
Fat doesn’t dissolve and turn into muscle. The cells burn off when you work out and diet, and the space they once took will be smaller. Muscle and fat are not the same tissue, so muscle doesn’t turn to fat if you don’t exercise, either.
- Myth: 20 minutes of workouts will make you burn fat.
It’s not the case and yet so many charlatans online say so! Your body is always shedding fat, and when you exercise at a higher intensity, you will be able to burn more. There’s no time limit on this, it’s about your heart rate going up.
- Myth: Strength training isn’t good for your metabolism.
Beep – untrue. Cardio will consume more of your energy than weights does, but strength can build more muscle than cardio. Combining both cardio and strength will help you to burn fat and feel stronger, and it;ll help your metabolism overall.
- Myth: Wrapping in plastic will make me burn more calories.
Sweating is passive, which means that you need it to regulate body temperature. It’s not fat crying off your skin, it’s removing fluid from the body and this increases dehydration and makes your athletic performance decrease.
- Myths: Carbs are the enemy!
Some people love the keto diet and others love the 5:2 diet. Some diets claim that carbs are demons and others claim that not enough carbs are bad for you. Carbs are not evil: the poison is in the portion and if you overdo it, that’s when they’re a problem!