The Biggest Fitness Myths

If you are new to dieting and training, you might get stuck on reading fitness fiction. Bad advice and believing fitness myths can make hitting your goals nearly impossible. This article won’t necessarily turn you into a fitness model but it will help you to make smart choices and find real ways to meet your fitness objectives.

Myth 1: The only way to lose weight is by cutting out all carbs

Truth: The only way to lose the right amount of weight is by adopting a diet that suits your goal by simply doing some research, training the correct way and doing some cardio. It is as simple as that. As long as you see the difference.

Myth 2: Doing cardio before weights will help you get toned faster

Truth: If you take a run before you hit the weights, you’ll be too fatigued to train as heavy as you potentially can. You need those muscles, man!

Myth 3: Fruits and vegetables are healthy snacks that can’t make you fat 

Truth: Any kind of food, no matter how healthy, can make you gain weight. Fruits and vegetables have a lot of easily accessible carbs. When you provide your body with these carbs, you’re basically telling it to stop burning body fat for fuel.

Myth 4: Exercising on an empty stomach burns fat faster 

Truth: It will actually cause you to have less energy and will potentially cause a light-headed feeling and dehydration. Some experts also warn us that this approach could actually slow down your metabolism. Eat light meals 90 minutes before exercising.

Myth 5: Rest days aren’t necessary 

Truth: If you work out without the proper rest and recovery it can lead to extreme issues like fatigue, hormone imbalance, joint pain, stress and heavy mood swings. It is fine to take a day or two off after an intense workout, just make sure to incorporate movement to stay active.

Myth 6: Fat turns into muscles 

Truth: Fat and Muscle are entirely different tissues and one can’t turn into the other one. You cannot turn an orange into a banana, if you know what I mean. What a person can do is lose fat and gain muscle as two separate processes.

I hope these fitness myths helps you to understand the health and fitness world a little bit better. Just remember these facts when making decisions and you will start seeing results.

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Rina Jacobs
Rina Jacobs

BLOSS Youth Fitness Editor

Rina Jacobs is a Business Psychology and Behavioural Sciences student at the University of Potchefstroom (NWU Pukke) and also enjoys being active on social media platforms. Her love for sport and fitness began at a very young age and self-discipline is what keeps her on her feet. She believes that happiness comes from within and a positive mindset is the key to success. Interesting fact about Rina: She enjoys playing Fifa soccer on Playstation in her free time.

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