All that information on the internet can be really confusing. It is hard to know what is true and what not when these days anyone can write something and spread the word about it because of enormous power of internet. When things start to appear all over internet or other media, people tend to accept that as truth even if it is not. But because you see it everywhere, you will accept it as a new “fact”.
Here are some fitness myths that have been around for some time:
1. ALL CARBS ARE BAD
You probably see it all the time on the internet. Low-carb diets and avoiding carbs became very popular and carbs have been perceived as something bad. Well, the fact is that carbohydrates are our primary source of energy and every healthy diet should be composed mainly from carbohydrates coming from fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
2. FAT FREE IS GOOD
When we see something is fat-free, we usually think that eating that food will not make us gain weight. But the truth is that a little bit of fat ads flavor to foods and if you take that out you have to add artificial flavors or tons of sugar to make the product tasty. So, the amount of calories is the same at the end and excess calories are those that make us gain weight.
3. DOING CRUNCHES WILL GIVE YOU A 6-PACK
Abdominal exercises (crunches) will help strengthen and build abdominal muscles and improve your posture but in order for those muscles to be visible, you need to lose body fat. To get a 6-pack you need cardio and proper nutrition in addition to abdominal exercises.
4. WOMEN WHO WORKOUT WITH WEIGHT WILL BECOME BULKY
It’s more difficult for women to develop “large” muscles through weight training than men as the development of muscle tissue is enhanced by the presence of testosterone. If you follow a proper diet, workout with heavy weight and do cardio few times a week, you will gain lean muscle mass and lose body fat and not become huge and masculine.
5. WHEN YOU STOP WEIGHT TRAINING, MUSCLES WILL BECOME FAT
Fat and muscles are different types of tissue and they cannot be converted one into other. If you stop weight training, your muscles will become smaller in size and less visible. If you decrease physical activity and don’t decrease the amount of calories you take in, fat gain may occur.