Weight loss myths are not only the root of stress and frustration, but also can be counterproductive/downright dangerous.

Many untested- unproven, sensational theories of best ways fat burn seem like mental junk food, and crazier they sound, the more people buy them, just to find even greater failure and desperation. 

Unhelpful weight loss myths are based not only on claims of miraculous properties of certain products as well on ultra-hyped articles of latest illogical diet. We suggest; let’s just dig them up now and end all of dilemmas. 

We have 5 common weight loss myths of fitness you need to forget about, if only you want to speed up your fat loss: 

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Exercise alone makes you lose weight 

This is common misconception to beginners in any type of physical activity. They need courage and walk in the gym, expecting their 30-minute sessions of cardio twice a week to magically melt fat and in meantime they are stick to their old eating habits.

It’s true that exercise helps losing weight, but totally depends on context – meaning nutrition, workout regime, and its frequency. The most important of all factors is nutrition. One has to pair physical activity of choice with a reduced calorie intake.

If you keep eating wrong food, no matter how much you do exercise, just hope to strengthen the muscles trapped under. Real substantial weight loss means making holistic approach along with changing whole lifestyle. 

Crunches help you lose belly fat 

Crunches are far away from the best way  in losing fat of abdominal area. Not locally but one needs to perform exercises which are stimulating greater energy expenditure. Also those exercises restrict calorie intake just to lower overall body fat. Some people melt away their belly first, while others have problem with as most stubborn area. Just know crunches simply don’t burn lot calories, they only can help to strengthen and tone abs. 

Sweating equal to burning calories 

Not really this is being truth. Amount of sweat that body produces is not a measure of calories burned. Sweat is cooling down skin and regulates internal body temperature, and should be understood as indicator of how hot the body is. More sweat, the hotter body is, and hotter temperature is not equal to more calories burned.

Different people will produce different amounts of sweat as depending on personal physiology, the weather, nutrition as well. 

Post-workout stretching speeds up recovery 

Doing static stretches after a workout is not helping you prevent injury or increase muscle growth, even not reduce soreness or speed up recovery. Stretching after workout is counterproductive to recovery because it decreases blood flow. It only as best increases your flexibility. Al those dynamic stretching with movements that put muscles through the expected range of motion such as leg kicks, side lunges and arm circles, are found that only improve strength, endurance and anaerobic capacity. 

The longer work out, the better effects 

Too long time of training can lead to diminished results and even increases risk of injury. The body has limits and workout should be adjusted according to its limits to reach optimal results. It overtrain occurs body has a harder time to recover, and, moreover most of your gains happen during recovery. Be cautious with time in the gym, number of sets and exercises during your workout session.  15-20 minute workouts every day helps you boost the metabolism and cardiovascular health, only with right intensity. Important note- type of exercises, frequency of workouts is more important than duration of the workout.


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