Google “fitness” and you’ll get about 1,490,000,000 results. That’s a staggering amount of information. And it’s just one term. Think about how much information is out there when you add related terms. Keeping it all straight can be challenging, especially when you don’t know how accurate all of it is.
Can you separate the fact from myth? Try to decide for each statement before reading the answers.
Low-intensity exercise burns more fat
MYTH – The more you exercise, the more carbs you burn. You may burn less fat, but you’ll burn more calories. Your body goes after the fat once it has burned off all the carbs.
Your weight doesn’t have much to do with your fitness level
FACT – It’s common to see an increase in weight when performing lifting regimens because muscle weighs more than fat.
Spot reduction always works for tight abs and toned arms
MYTH – The more reps you do, the more muscle memory you create. This reduces the effectiveness of your workout and makes your body burn less fat.
Cardio is not the only way to burn fat
FACT – Cardio is good for your heart and increases endurance. After extended cardio regimens, your body begins to feed off of the energy within the muscle rather than the fat.
You do not have to exercise before breakfast in order to burn fat
FACT – In the morning, your body’s metabolism is at its lowest because you haven’t eaten for eight hours or so. If you eat a well-balanced breakfast, you will be able to exercise longer and your body’s metabolism will already be working.
You can eat whatever you want as long as you exercise regularly
MYTH – Losing pounds and burning fat occur when you consume fewer calories than what you burn off in a day. And muscles need to feed too. Your food intake should consist of a balance of fats, proteins and carbs.