With the ever expanding reach of social media, there is so much information available on the internet. At the same time there is lot of misinformation available which may further complicate thing and only lead to confusion for an amateur gym goer.
Let’s uncover a few such common myths that we hear and read often in the fitness industry –
- Starving myself is the best way to lose weight: Crash diets are unlikely to result in long-term weight loss. In fact, they can sometimes lead to longer-term weight gain. Always adapt a fitness lifestyle which you will be able to sustain lifelong.
- More Cardio = More Fat Loss: Following a properly designed plan with both your cardio and strength workouts, plus structured meal plan is the best way to reach your goals. Too much cardio can lead to burn out and muscle breakdown.
- You Have to Eat Breakfast: For weight loss or gain, your total calorie intake across the day will be the determining factor, not whether you ate breakfast. Period!
- Stop just doing sit-ups to get abs: If you think doing 1,000 sit-ups a day will sculpt a perfect set of abs, you’re gravely mistaken. There is no such thing as spot reduction. If you want to improve your chances of getting abs, base the majority of your training around compound exercises, get stronger and perfect your diet.
- Training on an empty stomach Is Bad for You: Contrary to popular belief you can train on an empty stomach without fainting, losing your muscle mass or having your performance affected. And remember, your body will take some time to adapt to training while fasted. The workouts won’t be as explosive, but once you start consistently tackling these workouts in a fasted state, you’ll start to see fat burning off.