Will lifting weights make women look more bulky? Does exercise equipment give you an accurate summary? You can eat whatever you want and keep off the weight as long as you’re hitting the gym! (No, you can’t run on the treadmill and eat fast-food everyday to lose weight!)
Don’t believe everything you read on the health and fitness forums. Below are my top 5 exercise and wellness myths that are commonly believed to be true.
30 Minutes of cardio at least 5 days/week will get you the weight-loss results you’re looking for: Yes, but not alone. Losing those extra pounds and getting in shape involves a proper combination of cardio, muscle strengthening and diet. One without the other will not be as effective.
Don’t eat after 9pm: This entirely depends on your sleeping schedule. While it’s best not to snack late at night because your metabolism has slowed down, it’s more important that you avoid eating 3 hours prior to your bedtime. If you’re a night owl you may snack past 9. If you’re in bed by 10, stay away from the kitchen after 7!
Running is better than walking: Not always. Running can be bad on the kness and stressful on the heart. Yes, it may burn calories faster, but walking is still a great form of cardio.
Becoming a vegetarian will make you lose weight: Maybe, but most people are not implementing the proper meatless diet. Ditching the meat and adding more starches like breads, potatoes and pastas will make you GAIN weight. It’s important that you still get sources of protein and iron (which mainly come from lean meats) through tofu, beans and greens.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day: I’d have to slightly agree. However, every other meal following is equally as important. Having a hearty and healthy breakfast can help you make better food decisions throughout the day. But, it’s just as important to have a healthy lunch and a light dinner to keep your diet on track.