10 Diet And Fitness Myths BUSTED
So you think it’s crucial to stretch before a gruelling workout. You’ve also been told that eating pasta will make you fat. Rest assured that these are not completely true. There are so many diet and fitness myths floating around that you’re thoroughly confused as to what you should believe. Fear not, we’ve done the groundwork for you. Here are 10 diet and fitness myths that you should never fall prey to.
Myth#1 Stretching Before A Workout Is A Must
Stretching is definitely beneficial, so don’t tell your instructor he made you do something wrong. But doing that before a workout is not recommended as it destabilises your muscles, making them less prepared for strenuous exercise sessions. A warm up is a better idea and you can stretch your muscles at the end of the workout to prevent them from getting too sore.
Myth#2 Milk Can Help You Lose Weight
Dairy products do not have any magical properties, though the calcium in them does break down fat more effectively, eventually stimulating weight loss. We would, however, recommend sticking to the low-fat versions of these products, especially if you’re trying to lose weight, in order to reduce your calorie intake. Avoid buffalo milk and unskimmed cow’s milk as they are very high in fat content.
Myth#3 Holding Weights While Doing Cardio Exercises Burns Additional Calories
This one is partly true. The intensity of holding weights while doing cardio exercises can increase the number of calories burnt, but not as many as you’re led to believe. Besides, you may end up with elbow and shoulder injuries. A better option would be to increase the speed of exercise or jog.
Myth#4 Carbs Make You Fat
Many studies have shown that there is nothing fattening about carbohydrates—all they do is pump up your calorie count which is anyway needed to keep your energy levels soaring. Carbs to avoid include white bread, pastas and doughnuts as these can lead to heart diseases, but definitely consume whole grains, wheat, beans, fruits and vegetables.
Myth#5 Crunches Will Reduce Belly Fat
Are you doing crunches till you pass out, yet have no results? To get toned abs, you will have to supplement your crunches with cardio exercise and weight training as it is only an overall reduced body fat that will lead to flatter abs.
Myth#6 Eating More During The Day Is Alright; It Is Eating At Night That Should Be Avoided
Just because you are eating in the daytime does not mean that you can devour a hefty slice of chocolate cake without putting on weight. Calories are calories after all and, although your metabolism does slow down at night, it does not mean that you can pig out in the day. What really matters is how much food you put in your body.
Myth#7 You Must Spend Long Hours In The Gym To Achieve A Dream Body
Don’t force your body into something it cannot take—remember that moderation is the key to everything. It’s more important to exercise the right way. Doing different forms of activities like yoga, swimming and running are as effective as spending hours in the gym.
Myth#8 Red Wine Is Good For The Heart
Research has shown that plaque buildup from alcohol results in the clogging of arteries, thus contributing to heart problems. So drink in moderation instead of sipping a glass every night.
Myth#9 Running Is The Best Way To Lose Weight
While running does wonders for your body, it is not the only means to losing weight. Other forms of cardio, weight training, yoga and pilates are all equally effective. Follow a combination to get the best results.
Myth#10 Low-Fat Foods Will Make You Slim
It’s been fed in our minds that ‘zero trans fat’ and ’0% fat’ foods can make us look svelte. But remember that it’s the carbohydrates that effect your waistline, not fat consumption. A high-fat diet can actually be beneficial, as long as you get it from natural sources.
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