Here is a quick glance of myths we tend to lean towards by mistake and sometimes on purpose when it comes to exercises, workouts etc. • I can eat anything I want and make up for it with more exercising This is perhaps the most prevalent myth in the exercising world. Exercise itself can only tone, strengthen, and otherwise shape your muscle. You may get larger muscles through continuous exercise, but the fat would still be covering it. Exercise cannot by itself make a major impact in burning fat. They say that it takes 10 minutes of jogging to burn off just one OREO. You’d have to spend your entire day exercising to make up for overeating at dinner. In other words, it just isn’t practical or possible to expect that exercise can make up for that extra slice of chocolate cake. So don’t just have a routine of exercise, watching what you eat is just as important, if not more so, to effective and lasting weight loss. • Exercising repetitions Most people think that by doing as many repetitions of one exercise that they can is the most effective way to strengthen or tone. They will say, “just go until you can’t do anymore”. This is a false perception. It is actually far more effective to go sets or repetitions. For instance, 5 sets of 20 repetitions in each. That way, you will end up doing more repetitions over all, as well as not strain your muscles without true results. • If you don’t look overweight, you don’t need to exercise The idea that just because you may not look overweight, or somehow out of shape, that you don’t need to exercise is to ignore the more very important effects of a consistent exercise routine. By not exercising, you stay out of shape and your heart and other vital organs will suffer the consequences. You need a healthy cardiovascular system to really stay healthy and feel young. • You should never eat before a workout Energy and fuel from foods is necessary to give the energy that your muscles will use to work correctly. You may not want to eat a large meal before your exercise routine, because that may leave you feeling bloated or heavy. But eating a smaller snack before exercise will only help you keep up your energy level. • I can achieve a six pack with just exercise. This is of course, not correct. While exercise is necessary to chisel out your abs or tone them overall, it of itself will not get you the look you want for the beach. You have to lose the fat around or stomach in order for your abs to even be visible. Once you have lost the weight, you will be able to tone your tummy. • I can just tone one area of my body and leave the rest unaffected. This is an untrue statement. The most basic reasons are that all of your muscles are connected and depend on each other. It’s very hard if not impossible just to focus on one small area of your body to spot tone. Even working on your biceps will tone your shoulders. Diet and Weight Loss Myths • All fat is bad for you There are many goods kinds of fat that you can get from foods. But they are the natural fats that occur in foods and not the kind that are processed and manufactured. Natural fats are necessary for your body to use if you want to break down bad fats and build muscle. • Starches are fattening and should be limited Actually, many foods that are high in starch are low in calories and are not fattening. They can include foods like pasta, fruits, beans, rice, bread, etc. They are only high in fat when eaten in over abundance. Or when covered in high fat toppings like mayo, butter, and so forth. Foods with high starch are important because your body uses it as energy. • There are specific foods that are ‘fat busters’ No food is specifically a fat burner. There are not foods by themselves speed up your metabolism and cause weight loss. Weight loss is achieved by reducing the number of calories you consume. • You can eat as much as you want, as long as it is all healthy foods You may tell yourself that it is ok eat keep eating something because it is deemed as healthy, but the reality is that the overall calorie count is far more important to weight gain and loss than what you consume. That being said, of course eating healthy is better because you give your body the right nutrients to stay healthy. • Eating late at night will make you gain weight It doesn’t matter when you eat, what matters is how much you consume over all. If you are eating late at night and finding that you are only gaining weight, perhaps it is because you are eating too much at night? Or even that you eat too much through the rest of the day. There are not special hours through the day where you should or should not eat, it is just that you need to keep track of how much you consume through the day overall.