8 myths about losing weight and physical exercise

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There are several widely held false beliefs about dieting and its relationship with sports. Here we deny them and tell the truth.

When we decide that we want to lose weight and for that we diet and practice sports we tend to be full of false myths that condition our physical practice and diet.

1. I am exercising and that is why I can eat anything.
Most people tend to overestimate what is burned in an exercise session. A good weight and cardiovascular exercise routine burns between 600 and 700 calories, as does a hamburger.

2. I’m a woman and that’s why I don’t train hard
Genetically we are not made so that our muscles grow like those of man, so lose fear of hard training. Leave that light weight and repetitions of 30, because that does nothing but improve your resistance, does not tone the muscle.

3. If I do a lot of cardio and diet, weight loss
By doing this you are not helping to preserve muscle mass, which is responsible for accelerating metabolism. By losing masses and stalling the metabolism, you run the risk of increasing the lost weight. Include a weight routine in your exercise plan.

4. While I sweat, more fat I lose
Sweat is related to moisture, weather, clothing, genetics, and does not affect fat loss. It is simply the body’s way of regulating its temperature. It is true that you can lose weight by sweating, but it is only weight in water, which is recovered when hydrated.

5. I can lose fat in specific areas if I train only those areas.
When your body gets energy by metabolizing fat in your body, it does so in all areas, not just one.

6. Do abdominals eliminates fat
The abdominals are one more muscle that is strengthened, and will only be noticed if you eliminate the fat that covers them through diet and cardiovascular exercise.

7. If I am doing weights and then give it up, the muscle becomes fat
Neither the muscles can become fat nor vice versa, since they are two totally different tissues. It does happen that by not using the muscles, they atrophy.

8. Vitamins fattening
This statement is nonsense, because vitamins do not provide energy to the body, so they do not contain calories. They are, instead, involved in many vital, metabolic and essential processes for good health and for being fit. Nor do they stimulate appetite, rather the opposite occurs if you eat a proper diet.

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