Fully clothed, I appear to be in shape so I lose the feeling of urgency because, "Hey, I look good". However, the naked man in the mirror test says otherwise. Therefore, when I see helpful articles geared towards achieving a better understanding of fitness, I'm sure to do a little focused reading. If I can commit the time to working out, I want to know that my time is being used as effectively as possible.
eDiets fitness pro Raphael Calzadilla, BA, CPT, ACE, details the 10 myths that really get his goat.
It’s important to ask not only, “What is my goal,” but also: “Will this work”? “Does it make sense”? “Is it safe?”
- Lifting lighter weights will make your muscles more defined and toned. FALSE!
- A lot of cardio is the most efficient way to lose body fat. FALSE!
- A woman will get muscles as big as guy if she lifts heavier weight. FALSE!
- Calories are the only thing that counts when trying to lose body fat or gain lean muscle. FALSE!
- Muscle weighs more than fat. FALSE!
- There is one perfect workout routine. FALSE!
- The best way to lose fat is to eat very few calories. FALSE!
- The best way to reduce the hips, glutes or abs is to perform exercise to isolate the area. FALSE!
- The best way to lose fat is to eat a lot of calories. FALSE!
- The infomercial that has that cool-looking, easy-to-use abdominal machine will help me to get a flat stomach. FALSE!
I actually believed 4 of these myths. No wonder things aren't improving as quickly as anticipated.
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