Today’s fitness world is saturated with false claims to have the cure for weight loss. You will learn about common weight loss myths that are just not true. From fat turning into muscle and spot reducing works, these are just two of the three that will be covered.
The first myth is a MAJOR misconception that most people simply are not informed enough about.
Does Fat Turn Into Muscle?
If I don’t work out and keep up, then…
Myth #1: Fat Turns into Muscle or Vice Versa
Fat does NOT turn into muscle. The amount of fat is directly related to your diet. The only way to decrease body fat is to create a caloric deficit. When a person first starts an exercise program, the common weight loss myth is that when they gain weight after a loss in weight they think that they are gaining muscle. What happens is people overcompensate for the caloric use they have been working towards.
We simply think we “deserve” to eat whatever we want because we’ve “earned” it. While treating ourselves is a great idea, be careful not to get too carried away.
The second part of that myth gives us the idea that muscle turns into fat. Muscle does NOT turn into fat. It simply goes through a process called atrophy. Muscle atrophy happens because of the “use it or lose it” principle. Consistent movement and exercise give your muscles a chance for adaptation. If there are no challenges happening within the muscle cell, it simply goes away by the process of the metabolism.
Myth #2: Spot Reducing Works
Common weight loss myths like spot reducing works is just ridiculous. Your body decides where it will use the fat. A person could do one thousand crunches a day for one thousand days and it STILL wouldn’t make the belly fat go away. It would simply strengthen your core and maybe hurt it because of the overuse from the one thousand crunches.
Your body will take fat from where it wants to. Trust that it knows what to do. Simply stay consistent with your workouts and you’ll see the desired results.
Why do people gain weight at the beginning of an exercise program?
The crazy part is that common weight loss myth number one and number three are often interchangeable, but most people think of them differently. Therefore understanding that diet plays a major part of a person gaining weight at the start of any exercise program.
As human beings, we often think that an external reward is needed for good work. Just like when we were kids and we did something good, like potty training. When you went pee on the potty, you might have gotten a “treat”. A great example includes Pavlov’s Law, where the dogs are conditioned to the “treat” process.
Eating too many calories is a major problem, to begin with, and after working our asses off (Literally sometimes) why would we put ourselves through the painful experience of more weight gain?
Save yourself the heartache and bookmark this post for when you gain weight after starting again. Just know that I hope you DON’T start again, but just in case you do, this post and I will always be there for you.
In conclusion, muscle and fat are two different tissues and cannot be converted into anything except energy. There is no way to turn them into anything else. Get out of the habit of “treating” yourself with an external stimulus. Instead, try internally being proud of yourself and help your self-talk by looking in the mirror and take a few minutes each day to talk to that person in a loving way.
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WOD #228 Common Weight Loss Myths
Warm-Up – 5 Minutes Cardio (At LEAST)
- Full Body Extensions
- Straight Leg Raises
- Prone Opposite Arm And Heel Touches
Cool Down – 5 Deep Breaths In Down Dog Pose
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