Are you one of the people who stay at the gym for hours hoping that you burn so many calories? Or are you the kind that just slashes their meal intake into half just to lose weight?
Whether you’re the first one or the second one, there are so many things about fitness that people don’t know about.
In fact, some even confuse the facts and the fallacies because there are just so many articles about it.
But if you want to optimise your meals and your exercise, it’s important to know which ones are true and are false. Here is a rundown of the common facts and fallacies.
Fact: More muscles, more calories burned
When it comes to burning calories, muscles burn more fat when they’re at work. But even if they aren’t at work, your muscles have their average calorie burn.
So it makes sense that the more muscles you have, the more calories you burn even when you’re at rest. This is why strength training is encouraged for people who want to lose weight. Bodyweight training is a great option for beginners who wish to do improve muscle strength.
Fallacy: If you don’t exercise, your muscles turn to fat
There is no way that muscles become fat. If there is, then every muscle you have could be converted to fat. The reason for people believing this is that muscles tend to look flabby when they aren’t exercised.
The flabby muscles become saggy which imitate body fat. So if you want to avoid looking flabby, do continuous muscle-toning exercises.
Fact: Exercise gives you more energy
Being too tired is one of the most common reasons for people to skip gym day. But on the contrary, exercise can actually give you more energy because of the endorphin boost.
At first, it will feel very exhausting because your body is not used to the amount of energy you use in a short time. But eventually, your body will slowly adjust to it increasing your stamina in the long run.
Fallacy: Cardio is the best way to burn calories
Cardio used to be the most effective way to lose weight, but recent studies show that it is not. Strength training has now become the most effective weight loss program. This is because strength training increases muscular strength.
Going back to the fact above, more muscles at work produce more calories burnt. However, you can still do your cardio exercises to complement your strength training.
It is highly recommended that you spend a few minutes doing cardio after strength training to further maximize your metabolism.
Fact: Skipping 1-2 days isn’t bad
Admit it, there are just days that you don’t want to go to the gym. There are days that you want to lie down and have a cheat day.
The good news is that even if you skip 1-2 days a week, your body will not gain so much calories as you will expect. In fact, a rest day every week is needed for your muscles to rebuild and to regain strength. So, take that cheat day and enjoy your day off.