HoBFitness: 5 Health Myths Busted

Wednesday 22 June 2016 by

Workout, Gym, Health, Fitness

There are a lot of myths around fitness and health out there. Diets and trends change almost by the week. But what’s real and what isn’t? Time to bust a couple of rumours…

Weights = bulk

In some cases, yes. The bigger the weight, the more likely it is that you put on bulk, but that doesn’t hold true all the time. Light weights with lots of reps, combined with cardio can tone muscle instead of build it. The new trend of “getting lean” plays in to this, combining high intensity interval training (HIIT) with light weights to condition the muscle into something strong, but not big.

Fat is bad

This myth has pretty much been busted by now. Some fats – saturated for the most part – are bad for you, especially in high quantities. But other fats are good – polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. Try to stick to the good, natural fats, such as avocado, nut and olive oil. However, don’t get too addicted to the stuff – fat still adds weight, so make sure it’s part of a well-balanced diet.

Sweating burns more calories

Hate to break it to you, but pouring with sweat might be a sign of a good workout, but does not mean you’ve burnt more calories. Sweat is the body regulating its temperature, not a sign of effort. It could be down to the heat or your own physiology, just as much as your workout.

Extra gym time is better

Categorically not true. Don’t be tempted to hit the gym every day – you actually make the most progress on rest days. The breaks allow for your muscles to recover, making them stronger. Overtraining just makes it more likely you will injure yourself.

You need to detox your body

Please don’t get sucked in to juice cleanses. Drinking nothing but water with lemon and pepper is not going to “cleanse” your body, it’s just going to make you hungry. Your body naturally detoxes – it takes around 24 hours to reboot itself. In fact, the liver can grow back 25% of its mass after surgery. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, but don’t be fooled by detoxing your body.

What fitness or health myths do you hate? Myth-bust in the comments below!

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