8 myths about losing weight and physical exercise

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


When we decide that we want to lose weight and that is why we diet and play sports, we are often full of false myths that condition our physical practice and diet. The personal trainer and nutritionist Sascha Barboza lists and dismantles the most typical ones in her book Las recipes de @Saschafitness .

1. I am exercising and therefore I can eat anything.

Most people tend to overestimate what is burned in an exercise session. A good cardio and weight training routine burns between 600 and 700 calories, the same as a hamburger.

2. I’m a woman and that’s why I don’t train hard

Genetically we are not made to grow our muscles like man, so lose fear of hard training. Leave that light weight and repetitions of 30, because that does nothing but improve your endurance, it does not tone the muscle.

3. If I do a lot of cardio and diet, I lose weight.

By doing this you are not helping to preserve muscle mass, which is in charge of accelerating metabolism. By losing mass and stagnating metabolism, you risk increasing the weight lost. Include a weight routine in your exercise plan.

4. The more I lose the more fat I sweat

Sweat is related to humidity, 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 by hydrating.

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 it in all areas, not just one.

6. Doing abs removes fat

The abs 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’m doing weights and then drop it, the muscle turns to fat

Neither muscles can be converted into fat or vice versa, as they are two totally different tissues. It does happen that by not using the muscles, they atrophy.

8. Vitamins make you fat

This statement is nonsense, because vitamins do not provide energy to the body, therefore they do not contain calories. Instead, they are involved in many vital, metabolic, and essential processes for good health and fitness. Nor do they stimulate appetite, rather the opposite occurs if you eat a proper diet.

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