MYTH #1
YOUR CARDIO MACHINE COUNTING THE CALORIES YOU’RE BURNING

FACT: Caloric burning depends on one’s fitness level, BMI, and sex. Different sexes at different fitness levels and BMI burn calories at different rates. Some machines don’t even ask for weight or sex.

MYTH#2
HEART RATE MONITORS WILL LET YOU NOW HOW HARD YOU’RE WORKING.

FACT:: Monitors can alter depending on what kind of exercise you’re doing. Your own body is better at telling you how hard you’re working. You can measure how intensely you’re working out depending on whether you can talk in full sentence, short phrase, or are barely able to muster a few words.

MYTH #3
YOUR WEIGHT IS THE END ALL, BE ALL

FACT:: Your weight has little to do with your fitness level. Muscle weighs more than fat, so it’s common to see an increase in weight when performing lifting regimens after a few weeks. Measure by seeing how your clothes fit and how you feel overall.

 

MYTH #4
LOW INTENSITY EXERCISE BURNS MORE FAT

FACT: The more intensely you exercise, the higher proportion of carbs you burn. You may burn less fat, but you burn more calories. Your body digs into the fat after it has burn all the carbs.

MYTH #5
CHUG A PROTEIN SHAKE AFTER WORKOUT

FACT: While protein shakes are good for emergencies, they are a very low quality processed product. The best way to get protein through foods like turkey, beef, yogurt, and nuts.

MYTH #6
YOU CAN SPOT REDUCE FOR TIGHT ABS OR TONED ARMS

FACT: The more repetition you do just creates muscle memory, reducing the effectiveness of the workout and causing your body not to burn as much fat. Working out all your body parts will reduce muscle memory and increase calories burn, which will translate to fat burn.

MYTH #7
YOU CAN EAT WHATEVER YOU WANT AS LONG AS YOU WORKOUT

FACT: Losing pounds and burning fat happens when you have a caloric defecit. However, intense caloric deficit works the opposite. Muscle needs to feed, so your food intake should consist of a balance of fats, proteins, and carbs.

MYTH #8
CARDIO IS THE ONLY WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT

FACT: Cardio is good for the heart and increases endurance, but is not the best way to burn fat.
Since muscles have higher energy stores in them, the body will actually begin to feed off those after extended cardio regimens, rather than fat.

10-25 minutes of cardio will give your heart what it needs,without causing your body to start feeding off of muscle.

MYTH #9
YOU HAVE TO DO CARDIO IN THE MORNING ON AN EMPTY STOMACH IN ORDER TO BURN FAT

FACT: Your body’s metabolism is at it’s lowest in the morning because you haven’t eaten for 8 hours.

Eat a balance breakfast and you will able to exercise longer and your body’s metabolism will already be working.

MYTH #10
DRINKING ICE COLD WATER BURNS FAT

FACT: There are no proven facts that the cold water will shock your system and force it to keep it warm causing your metabolism to increase and burn fat. However, drinking room temperature water will have the same effects.

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