False: spot reduction is impossible; you can’t pick and chose the areas you like to lose fat. Exercise will help you decrease your overall body fat percentage and hopefully in the areas you desire the most
Myth: The less calories you eat, the more weight you lose
False: there is actually “too few calories” and that is bad for you. For your body to function properly, it needs a certain amount of calories and nutrients. If you deprive it of those calories, it will shut down certain processes and slow down your metabolism. It’s like wanting to drive your car without any fuel in it...good luck with that.
Myth: Always stretch before exercise
False: yes, I said it! This is a touchy one and I know some people will disagree but there is quite a bit of research that shows that stretching before exercise can actually make muscles more susceptible to injury. Now don’t get me wrong, this does not mean that stretching is bad...it just means that stretching before exercise might not be your best choice. Stretch after a warm-up or at the end of an exercise routine as it has many positive effects.
Myth: Exercise turns fat into muscle and muscle turns into fat without exercise
False: fat and muscle are two completely different types of cells. It’s possible for one to replace the other but they will never turn into the other. It’s like saying that a banana will turn into an orange with the proper sunlight.
Myth: Weight training will make you bulky
False: Trust me, gaining muscle and keeping it requires hard work and dedication. It's pretty simple: If you feel you’re getting too muscular, just cut back on the weights. Muscles can actually be your best friend in the quest for a “toned” body because the burn more calories than fat, which means that your body burns more calories without you even doing anything....now that’s efficiency at its best!