Not true, you can spend as much time on the treadmill as you want, but if you don’t control your diet and avoid bad diets like cake and French fries, you will find out your workout isn’t working. Just because the treadmill says you burned 600 calories, doesn’t mean you can eat a piece of cake worth 400 calories and feel good about losing 200 calories. It just doesn’t work that way because the treadmill gives you an estimate, not an accurate account of your calories burnt. It’s nearly impossible to work out your bad diet unless you spend 12 hours at the gym.
Myth No. 2: Eating Before A Workout Makes You Gain Weight
Again, not true. To workout, you need fuel. The fuel is what you eat. So, without enough fuel, you won’t be able to workout effectively, nor will you be able to see a difference in your training results. It can also cause low blood sugar and lightheadedness if you don’t have enough energy.
After your workout, if you didn’t eat before, you will be very hungry. This will lead to you eating a whole pizza, once again leading to myth no. 1.
Myth No. 3: Paleo Diet Is The Best Way To Weight Loss
Spanish researchers have found that eating protein-rich diets like Paleo cause long-term weight gain. So, while Paleo diets are popular and have shown to be effective initially, you are better off just skipping the processed junk food and oils while maintaining a balanced diet. 56 grams of protein and 46 grams for women is the recommended. Excess protein is stored as harmful fat in the body and should be avoided.
Myth No. 4: All Calories Are The Same
400 calories of white meat and 400 calories of processed foods are not the same. Nutrient and fat content define the foods you eat. Because the body stores calories differently depending on the food you eat, the absorption of calories is different. Proteins have a high thermogenic effect when compared to carbs and fats causing your body to burn off the calories of the meat during digestion to satisfy satiety. However, fats and carbs take longer to be utilized and are stored as fat.
Myth No. 5: Eating A Lot As Long As Its Healthy Food
Overeating is not healthy, even if what you are eating is healthy foods like avocados, nuts, and oatmeal. Each food has a portion size and you should adhere to the portion-controlled diet. You can find 100-calorie almond and walnut packs at your local store. But if you think 200 calories of oatmeal and 200 calories of surgery chocolate-chip cookies are the same, you are very wrong. It’s also suggested to balance your food intake throughout the day with multiple small meals instead of 2 or 3 large ones.
These are the top 5 myths many fall prey to. So, if you happen upon some fat myths yourselves, let us know through the comments section below.