The fitness industry is a big business and the media is saturated with images of beautiful creatures endorsing the latest diet or nutritional super-food. In practically every magazine you pick up, there’s the promise of fifteen-minute fat loss workouts, two-minute routines and adverts for the latest workout trend or craze which is guaranteed to get you in shape in just four weeks.
You’ve all seen covers with lines like this:
Shape your butt with these two moves!
Banish the muffin top in just two minutes a day!
Fourteen days to radiant-looking skin!
But how much of this stuff will actually hold up for most people and how do we separate what works from what doesn’t? In truth, it has probably all worked for someone at one time but, much of it is unlikely to work for most people most of the time.
Don’t get fooled.
We think most of the marketing around women’s fitness is BS, and it drives us nuts. The best thing you can do to gain positive and sustainable results is to take ownership of your own nutrition and work out in a way that works best for you. You also need to treat everything that you read with a healthy dose of scepticism. Forget what you read; it’s your body and only you can truly decide what makes you feel at your best.
To help you separate fact from fiction, we’ve compiled the seven biggest fat loss myths that you’re likely to encounter. We’ve also given you sound advice about what you can do to achieve positive and attainable results. If you’d like to know more about anything covered in this guide, just ask us.
Myth: Eating protein is for bodybuilders and will make you look bulky.
Fact: Eating more calories than you use is the only way to gain fat or muscle. Consuming protein has been shown to help lower calorie intake by making people feel fuller for longer and is essential for the repair of muscle, hair and skin!!!
Myth: Lifting weights will make you bulky.
Fact: Gaining significant muscle requires specific hypertrophy training and a positive energy balance. Most women will struggle to gain significant muscle mass due to lower anabolic hormones (testosterone). The additional benefits of weight training include better posture and stronger bones.
Myth: Core training will flatten your stomach.
Fact: Core training may strengthen your core but the only way to a flat stomach is by burning more energy than you eat.
Myth: Cardio training makes you thin.
Fact: it is the combination of exercise and a healthy diet to create a calorie deficit that will help you lose weight. Finding the right balance of weight training, interval training, steady-state cardio, flexibility and a healthy diet will result in the best version of you.
Myth: To look long and lean you need to lift light weights and do Pilates.
Fact: Muscles are attached to the bone and once you are an adult, bones don’t grow, so no exercise can make you longer. A balanced regime of strength and flexibility training can strengthen weak muscles and stretch tight muscles leaving you strong and injury-free.
Myth: Eating Carbs will make you fat.
Fact: Carbs don’t make you fat, calories do. Research suggests we are eating more calories in total. A balanced diet of enough Carbs, Protein and Fat combined with the right training plan can achieve the energy balance you require.
Myth: Celebrity diets and exercises regimes will are the secret to fat loss, all you need to do is follow the latest fad and you will get the body you desire.
Fact: There is no quick fix to long term health and fitness. Consistently following a structured training and nutrition plan is the only way to get the results you want.
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