While there is an abundance of readily available material online and in magazines about getting into shape and staying fit, there is just as much flawed information that misguides hopeful health-seekers every day. The steps taken for “good health” that seem too good to be true probably are just that-too good to be true! Here are a few myths that need to be uncovered and passed on in order to reap the benefits of working hard and maintaining discipline.
1. Lifting Weights Will Make You Bulky
This is the most common complaint of women who dread achieving the extremely muscular frame of bodybuilders through using resistance exercises, and it couldn’t be farther from the truth. It is important to note that in using resistance exercise, the weight can be manipulated to create lean muscle, and a tighter, more toned body while burning fat throughout the day. Cardio alone may help decrease fat stores, but it will not aid in strength or toning to the body’s potential.
2. Organic, Gluten, Sugar, and Fat Free Foods are Healthy
Beware of the marketing scams used by manufacturers that claim these words on the label of their product. While it seems obvious that something with less of a “bad” ingredient will help you feel better or lose weight, there could (and most likely) will be another ingredient with worse properties lurking in the food label to replace what has been taken out. When eating anything from a package, carefully scrutinize every ingredient to rest assured it complies with the healthy lifestyle you want to live.
3. Carbs Make You Fat
There is some truth to carbs creating fat, because they can. Without a doubt, eating too much sugar, even in healthier complex carbohydrates like fruits, oatmeal, and whole grain bread can lead to fat accumulation if not used immediately for fuel in the body or when not living an active lifestyle. Insulin is used when blood sugar rises and will direct the sugar either to working muscle or to fat cells when there is an excessive amount not being utilized by muscles. With this in mind, eating this macronutrient in quantities according to lifestyle and fitness goals is suggested.
4. You Must Spend 30 Minutes Working Out Every Day
There is no one amount of time for exercise that yields the best results for everyone. Success does not come in a one-size-fits-all plan. Take into account the type of exercise, workout schedule, intensity, and goals. For example, a regimen that consists of working out for an hour just walking may decrease fat weight and will be healthy for one looking for a low-intensity cardio day, while a regimen with short-duration, intense exercises in multiple different workouts will yield a variety of results.
5. Your Diet Has To Start on Monday
Where did this theory even come from? Decide who and what you want to be, shop accordingly, and be aware of what is being consumed. Start now.