Do you think you can get a slim stomach by doing a lot of abdominal exercises? Then you are wrong. There are many misconceptions about exercise and fat. Here is an overview of the ten most heard myths.
Myth 1) Fat can turn into muscle
Muscles and fat are of a different substance. Therefore, muscle and fat cannot replace each other. You can, however, reduce the body percentage of fat and increase muscle tissue. To build more muscle, you simply have to follow a good training schedule. To get less fat, you need to eat a balanced diet.
Myth 2) Only training with electrical muscle stimulators is enough
Unfortunately, with a muscle stimulator alone you probably won’t become a big muscle bundle. Electric current allows you to contract muscles. However, these small muscle contractions are not enough to achieve great results. And if used incorrectly, you can even burn your skin instead of fat!
Myth 3) Vibration plates make fat disappear
Vibration plates take the cake in terms of the empty promises about the results. Research shows that the same exercises, with or without a vibrating plate, will give you exactly the same results. Shopping consumes about the same amount of energy as standing on the vibration plate. You have to vibrate for about 7000 minutes to lose 1 kilo of fat.
Myth 4) Fitness training works best for fat loss
Fitness training is important, yet muscle training has been greatly underestimated for years. Muscles burn more calories than fat, even at rest. The more muscle you have, the more you burn, making it easier to control your weight.
Myth 5) To burn fat, you need to train for a long time at a low intensity
What matters at the end of the day is how many calories you have consumed in total. If you want to burn fat, you have to consume more than you take in. The best training program therefore differs per person.
Myth 6) Doing a lot of abdominal exercises will get rid of the fat around the belly
No matter how many abs exercises you do, the fat around your waist will not disappear. For visible abs you must have a very low body fat percentage. This requires a complete training (consume more) and a balanced diet (take less).
Myth 7) For ‘lean muscles’ you need to do a lot of reps with little weight
There is no such thing as ‘slender muscles’! How your body looks is determined by two things: how much fat you have and how much muscle mass you have. You can reduce the amount of fat, which makes the muscles more visible and gives more shape to your body.
Myth 8) The latest fitness trends such as body balance, pilates and yoga will make you lose fat
These workouts are simply not intense enough. Relatively speaking, you consume few calories. So you will not lose fat with it. Physical improvements are possible, such as improved balance, muscle endurance and flexibility. These improvements can be very useful in daily life. In addition, these ‘gentle’ workouts are a great way to relax.
Myth 9) To burn fat, it is best to exercise after eating
If you train at a certain intensity, you will ‘burn’ the same number of calories regardless of the time you train. In practice, you can say that the best time to train is the time that suits you best.
Myth 10) You can eat anything if you exercise enough
Unfortunately, if you want to make up for bad food with a lot of exercise, you’ll be disappointed. One simply cannot go without the other. Although eating poorly and not exercising at all is still much unhealthier than exercising. You can get the most out of your workout by fueling yourself with good fuels from a high quality diet.