Weight Loss and Fitness Myths
Weight loss can be one of the most complicated topics on the internet today. With the overload of information available to you and the enormous amount of incorrect material, it is often hard to tell fact from fiction.
In this article, I will examine some of the most popular weight loss and fitness myths and set the record straight.
After you are done, you will hopefully be able to determine what is the truth and what is just a clever marketing ploy!
One of the biggest weight loss and fitness myths out there is that you can reduce the amount of fat from a specific area. For example, many sites claim that their machine or pill will decrease the fat around your arms or midsection in “just 24 hours!”. This is what fitness professionals like to call “spot training”, and it is impossible to do.
To reduce fat from these areas, you need to reduce fat from your entire body (lower your body fat percentage). The best way to do this is to reduce your caloric intake and start strength training to build muscle. So, instead of ordering that “fat blasting pogo stick” at 2 am tonight, join a gym and eat less – you will see much better results!
A myth I hear all the time is that “any carbohydrates you eat after 8pm will turn into fat”. At first, this myth seems almost plausible, but one only has to think for a few second to realize that your body and your digestive system doesn’t care what time of day it is!
For example, if you require 2000 calories a day to keep your body functioning, it doesn’t matter what time of day you consume these calories – your body will still use them as fuel. It is almost laughable to think of your body automatically turning everything you eat into fat at exactly 8pm!
This myth was probably developed to encourage people not to eat late at night – since this is when most binge eating happens. Don’t worry, as long as you track your calories and do not go over your daily allotment, you will not gain weight (even if you eat them all at 8pm!).
A myth that has grown in popularity in the past few years is that “carbs are bad for you” and “carbs make you fat”. The emergence of the Atkins diet and the enormous amount of processed carbohydrates and fast food likely led to this myth being perpetuated everywhere.
In reality, your body needs carbohydrates to survive and function. The only thing that makes people fat is a surplus of calories – you could gain weight just eating protein if you wanted to! In conclusion, your body needs the three macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fats) to perform properly.
Cutting out one or the other won’t make a difference if you already consume too many calories. Develop a balanced nutrition plan that include all three nutrients and you won’t have a problem with permanent weight loss.
Hopefully this article has given you some insight into the different weight loss and fitness myths out there today. Think critically and take everything you hear with a grain of salt – there are a lot of myths that can hinder your progress and health significantly!