10 Fitness lies

I always love hearing the myths and fitness lies and thinking about where they came from. Here is a list of lies, or at least partial lies and why. Changing your mindset to reflect reality is one of the best things that you can do to make better eating and exercise decisions.

Sometimes the things that you think are true and that you rely on as a base for your diet, exercise, weight loss, or muscle gain plans are wrong and your are making false assumptions. Here are a few that you may be thinking are true that are in fact false

10 Fitness Lies And The Truth Instead

A lot of cardio is the most efficient way to lose body fat. FALSE!

treadmill-workoutThis is the most popular of fitness lies. Excessive cardio will strip muscle mass and body fat. This is definitely not the most efficient method for losing body fat. Once you begin stripping muscle mass, your body becomes less efficient at burning body fat. Muscle is metabolically active, which simply means it stimulates the metabolism.

For each pound of muscle you put on, you will burn up to 50 additional calories per day. If you strip muscle mass, all you accomplish is sabotaging your efforts to efficiently reduce body fat.

You can gain 20 pounds of muscle in a few months. FALSE!

All the claims that you read about certain routines or supplements that can help you gain "10 pounds of muscle in a month" are big fat lies. They're marketing scams to get you to buy a product. It takes diligent weight training using sufficient overload, consistency and patience to build significant muscle mass. Except for initial muscular gains which happen quickly when one begins a weight training program, it can take up to a year to gain 5-6 pounds of muscle mass.

Calories are the only thing that counts when trying to lose fat or gain muscle. FALSE!

Ratios of protein, carbohydrate and fats are also important. The key to losing fat and gaining muscle is controlling and manipulating insulin levels. In simple terms, when we consume excessive calories or excessive amounts of high glycemic carbohydrates at one meal, the body's blood sugar rises. When this happens, the pancreas secretes insulin to lower blood sugar levels.

One of the many drawbacks of this happening excessively is, along with putting you at risk for diabetes, the body also holds onto stored fat! A balance of protein, carbohydrate and fats works most efficiently in losing fat and gaining muscle.


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