The weight loss and fitness industry is full of myths and misconceptions about what it takes to lose weight and get healthy. Many of us may find ourselves falling prey to these myths simply because we don’t know they are myths.
Because of this we have decided to put some of these fitness myths to rest. So, here are 5 female fitness myths to avoid in order to lose weight and live a healthier life.
1. Lifting Weights Will Make You Look Manly
A very common misconception that women have when beginning an exercise regimen is that if they lift heavy weights they will become big, bulky and manlike. This is simply not true!
The main reason that this is not true is because men and women have different levels of hormones required to stack on large amounts of lean muscle. Women who are big and bulky from lifting weights are most likely on hormone enhancing drugs.
In fact, if you are looking to lean out and loose weight, weight training should have a regular part in your workout schedule. Not only will you be burning calories, but you will also be promoting a healthy body composition. Maintaining lean muscle mass during weight loss can be tricky and weight training is a great way to do so.
2. Muscle Will Turn Into Fat When You Stop Working Out
First off, let’s clarify one thing. Muscle fibers cannot magically turn into fat cells. They are two completely different things and one does not transform into the other. When you eat right and train your muscles they grow. When you stop weight training your muscles can shrink back down. They do not turn into fat!
Now, if you stopped training with weights and started eating Twinkies and Bonbons your body composition would most likely change resulting in less muscle mass and more body fat. This does not mean that your muscles turned into fat. It simply means that you have less muscle and more fat.
3. Eating More Than Three Meals Per Day Will Make You Fat
Eating 5 meals a day is a great way to help keep you from snacking on unhealthy foods during the day. It is also important in terms of delivering a steady supply of nutrients to you body in order to keep your energy levels up and your mind on track. However, what does matter is the calories you are taking into your body each day.
If you take in more calories than your body uses during the day you will put on weight. The opposite occurs when you take in fewer calories than your body uses. As a result, weight gain or loss is much more dependent on how many calories you take in and use than on how many meals you consume per day.
4. Carbohydrates And Fat Are The Enemy
The first thing most individuals do when going on a diet is cut all the carbohydrates and fats out of their diet. This generally results in an unsustainable dieting practice that ultimately leads to putting all the weight back on once the “diet” is over. One way to avoid this is to cut out foods that are less healthy little by little.
Additionally, your body needs healthy carbohydrates and fats in order to function properly. A good rule to stick by is the 40/30/30 rule. By following this rule you should be getting about 40% of your calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein and 30% from healthy fats. This will ensure that your energy levels stay high and that you create a sustainable weight loss practices.
5. Crunches Get Flat Abs
The final misconception many individuals have is that by doing hundreds and hundreds of crunches you can get washboard abs. This falls into a broader myth that we will cover later on called spot reduction. The myth is that if you exercise using one part of your body, the fat in that area will disappear first. In reality, your body loses fat equally throughout your frame with diet and exercise.
Some people may argue that this is not true due to the fact that they appear to lose fat in some areas faster than others. However, this is simply because they store more fat in these “problem” areas. So kick the crunches aside and go for a more balanced exercise and nutrition routine.
If you have found yourself falling prey to any of the above listed female fitness myths, remember, it is never too late to change. Now that you have this knowledge, take it and apply it into your weight loss program.
By Wes Young