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Crushing the myth about diet and exercise

  • Posted by Catherine Tumelty
  • 25 February 2013

So there are plenty of popular diet and exercise myths that still exist in social conversations, so we thought we’d cover off the five most common myths that are now busted for your improved health and well being.

Diet and Exercise Myth #1: Crunches will get rid of your belly fat. Unfortunately you can’t pick and choose areas where you’d like to burn fat, it is equally burnt across your body. In order to burn fat, you should create a workout that includes both cardiovascular and strength training elements. 

Diet and Exercise Myth #2: Never eat before a workout. Fuel from food and fluids is required to provide the energy for your muscles to work efficiently, even if you are doing an early morning workout. Try eating a small meal or snack one to three hours prior to exercise. Eat some fruit, yogurt, or whole wheat toast. 

Diet and Exercise Myth #3: Lifting weights will make women bulky. Most women’s bodies do not produce nearly enough testosterone to become ‘bulky’ in comparison to body builders. Generally if you do find yourself getting bigger than you would like, simply use less weight and do more repetitions. 

Diet and Exercise Myth #4: Fat is bad for you, no matter what kind. Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of “good fats” out there that are essential for good health and aid in disease prevention. These are naturally found in foods like avocados, nuts, and fish. By eating small amounts of these foods at meal times they can help you to feel fuller for longer and therefore eat less. 

Diet and Exercise Myth #5: Not eating is the best way to lose weight. Having a healthy diet with 5 good meals per day and moving more will help you lose weight and maintain the lean muscle mass needed to boost metabolism. People often believe the diet and exercise myth that they must take drastic measures to lose weight, such as eating less than 1200 calories per day, but such diets usually do not provide adequate fuel for the body and will slow metabolism.

Don’t fall into the myth trap members and guests, be a myth buster or approach a Personal Trainer to achieve that health and fitness goal TODAY! We'd love to assist you :-)