In the fitness world, everyone has a theory about how to lose stubborn belly fat or how exactly to sculpt your ab muscles to get a certain design etched in your abdominals. Most of these theories are pretty useless, and they make fitness a lot more complicated than it needs to be.
Whether you swear by the Paleo diet or eat ten small meals a day, there are basic truths about fitness that these myths cover up. Here are the eight lies that hold you back from your dream body:
1. Counting Calories Is A Huge Waste of Time
Calories are the reason you gain or lose weight, so they are actually the biggest determining factor in your fitness. Granted, fewer calories are not always better. For example, most unhealthy junk foods can be labeled as “100 calorie snacks,” but they will probably end up leaving you hungry and unsatisfied.
The content of the calories matters, but weight loss is really all about the numbers. If you burn more calories than you take in, you will lose weight. If you eat more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. If you eat the same amount of calories as you burn, you will maintain your weight. This is the ultimate truth of weight loss.
2. Cardio Is The Only Way to Lose Weight
While cardio does elevate your heart rate and burns calories, it is not the ONLY way you can lose weight. It is key to note that muscle burns fat, and lifting also elevates the heart rate and burns calories. If you have more muscle mass, you will burn more calories each time you work out, so lifting weights may be more sustainable in the long run.
However, a mix of both would probably be beneficial.
3. Carbs Are The Enemy
Pick any dieting guide from your local grocery store like South Beach Diet and you are destined to find that the first thing you will sacrifice for your ideal body will be carbohydrates. Why? Because some diets argue that carbs automatically turn into sugar and leave you hungry and unsatisfied. This is partly true; proteins and some fats are often found to be more filling, but cutting out this entire easily-digestible food source is unnecessary and excessive. As long as the calories burned vs. calories eaten balance stays where you want it, carbs shouldn’t be a problem as long as you balance your diet with carbs, fats, and proteins.
This is partly true; proteins and some fats are often found to be more filling, but cutting out this entire easily-digestible food source is unnecessary and excessive. As long as the calories burned vs. calories consumed balance stays where you want it, carbs shouldn’t be a problem as long as you balance your diet with carbs, fats, and proteins.