There are a million exercise and diet myths out there. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
- Crunches will help you get rid of belly fat (false!)
- Lifting weights will make a women look like a man (false!)
- Exercise videos from Workouts On Demand are the best (true!)….Just seeing if you are paying attention
But lets go over a few commons myths in more detail. The truth may surprise you.
Running is more effective than walking.
If you have heard about this, then you are not the only one. But is it true? It can be misleading, right? Here’s the deal: a 30-minute run may burn you more calories than a 30-minute walk would but walk the same number of miles that you run and you will discover that you burn the same amount of calories. Studies say that it is in how long not how hard you work out that matters. I don’t see why walking won’t work as effective as running.
The more you exercise, the hungrier you become.
This is a mistaken belief, trust me. You don’t end up eating more just because you exercised more. My food intake does not depend on the amount of work out I do. Let me share with you that what makes one hungrier after a workout is the food suppression before or after. Dieting is not about starving yourself then working out to make it effective. The tendency to go on a binge if you do that is high.
Dieting does not guarantee sustained weight loss.
How true is this? I will give you a “yes” and a “no” for an answer. Yes because without exercise, the weight loss would be short term. No, because if you consistently eat less and you couple that with exercise, then you are on a sure way to sustained weight loss. Why? Experts say that what keeps the unwanted kilos off for good is workout but it has to be combined with the right diet.
No sweat means not exercising enough.
Who told you that your perspiration is your exertion gauge? You can actually burn a significant amount of calories without breaking into a sweat. Swimming is a rigorous exercise but do you see yourself sweat as you freestyle to and from?
All calories are created equal
That is not true! Nor fitness is just a matter of calories in, calories out. I didn’t simply burn calories and the unwanted kilos melted away like wax during a hot, sunny day. You see, even if there are equal amounts of calories in 2 tbsp of choco chips and broccoli, how they affect your health including your appetite and energy is a different story.
As to how these myths started, I have no clue. What I know is that each body reacts differently to diet and exercise and could have been the reason that people came up with some of these beliefs.