Fact or Fiction? Top Diet and Exercise Myths Demystified
Since ages, it has been common for people around the world to believe in myths. This has not changed uptil now. Even in this age, millions of people believe in myths of all sorts. This is commonly observed in the area of diet and exercise too. Every year, many people resolve to lose weight. And every year, many of them give up before reaching their goals. All this happens due to frustration. Contributing to this issue is a plethora of wrong info about weight loss that circulates through the Internet, and even in gyms and workplaces.
To help people maintain a healthy body and weight, we clear up the common myths that are stored in the minds of people unknowingly. The info that we are presenting here is weighed in by health experts. So read and remember.
What’s True and False about Diet and Exercise?
Myth Number 1: Fat is bad for the body, no matter what type.
Contrary to this popular belief, there are some fats that are good for the body. These ‘good fats’ are also known as ‘unsaturated fats’. They, unlike the ‘bad or saturated fats’, are essential for improving health and preventing diseases. These fats naturally occur in foods such as nuts, avocados, and fish, as opposed to the bad ones that are manufactured. Unsaturated fats must be included in small amounts in the diet as they make you feel full for a longer time.
Myth Number 2: Exercising converts fat into muscle.
Muscle and fat are composed of 2 entirely different types of body cells. You can lose fat and then replace it with muscles, but you can never convert fat into muscles.
Myth Number 3: You can eat as much as you want, as long as you are eating healthy foods.
A calorie is a calorie, no matter from which food it has been derived. Although breakfast cereals are healthy, if you eat 4 cups of these cereals, the calories will add up. Therefore, healthy or otherwise, you must still control your portion sizes. You must limit the caloric intake in order to shed pounds.
Myth Number 4: Stretching the body before exercise is vital.
According to some studies, stretching makes the muscles more susceptible to injuries. It lengthens and destabilizes the muscle fibers, making them more vulnerable to the strain of exercise. You must stretch and warm-up before a run, but if you want to lift weights then you must wait until after the workout for stretching the muscles.
Myth Number 5: Restricting the intake of calories is the best way to lose weight.
Cutting back on calories is an important step in the process of losing weight but it must be coupled with exercising. People often take drastic measures to lose weight, such as eating lesser than 1200 calories each day. But such diets may slow down the metabolism as they do not provide enough fuel for the body. Therefore, you must not take drastic measures like restricting a lot of calories. Instead you must start small and restrict 100 – 300 calories consistently from your diet on a daily basis to reap the reward.
Myth Number 6: Crunches will help you to get rid of your belly fat.
You cannot choose an area where you would like to burn fat. In order to get rid of fat, you should follow a workout that includes both aerobic and anaerobic exercises. This will decrease the overall fat content from your body.
Myth Number 7: It’s better to eat 5 light meals than 3 heavy ones.
Eating in any of these styles can work if your food choices for the entire day are healthy and low in calories. If you want to eat more volume of food, less frequently, then you can go ahead after making sure that your caloric intake of the entire day is within the limits.
Myth Number 8: Lifting weights makes women bulky.
In general, the bodies of most women do not produce enough testosterone to make them bulky. If however, you find yourself getting bulkier, then you should use less weight and perform more repetitions.
Myth Number 9: You should never eat late at night nor before a workout.
The late-night eating is associated to weight gain because people usually eat more calorie-rich food late at night. This is because people usually deprive their bodies of adequate calories during the first half of the day. If one starts the day with a breakfast and eats every 3 to 4 hours, then he can eat a small low-calorie dinner even late at night, without the fear of it sticking to your belly.
Similarly, eating before a workout is not wrong. In fact one has to have some food or fluid before exercising in order to provide fuel to the body for efficiently working out the muscles. Loading up your tank with a premium fuel will get you better results.
Myth Number 10: The sweating of your body during workout indicates a good workout.
Sweating is your body’s way of cooling itself, and not necessarily a a sign of good performance. It is possible to lose a significant number of calories even without sweating, such as by light walking, swimming etc.
Last but not the least…..
Myth Number 11: It is acceptable to replace your regular meal with a fattening dessert now and then.
Shocking but true! As long as you do not intend to mean more than a couple of times in a month, it is OK to enjoy a Kentucky Fried Chicken. Chances are, if you curb your cravings, you will end up consuming more than your regular calories. Therefore, it is better to cut your caloric losses by indulging once in a while.
The Bottom Line
Diet and exercise is vital but one must be well-informed about the right ways of both of these to get the right results.Therefore, one must gain knowledge before acting.