The internet is full of myths about weight loss and fat burn, and today we’re debunking some of the most common ones that probably even you thought were true!
“I want to turn my fat into muscles”
Fat and muscle are completely different types of body tissue. They are built up of different cells, and it’s not possible to turn fat into muscle. This also applies vice versa; muscles are not converted into fat the day you stop working out. You can, however, with the help of exercise reduce your fat and increase your muscle.
“I have to work out for at least 20 minutes to get the fat burning effect started”
Both fat and carbohydrates are burned in the body all the time – even when you’re not working out – in order to maintain the body’s functions. But when you exercise at a high intensity, the body burns more fat and carbohydrates to make up for the increased need for energy. So the fat burning effect is active at all times, but when you work out it’s intensified – right from the start.
“Strength training doesn’t increase the body’s metabolic rate. That’s why I only train cardio”
Cardio consumes more energy than strength training, but weight and strength training increase muscle mass more than cardio exercise. Muscles burn more energy (calories), even at rest, compared to other tissue in the body. This means that if your muscle mass increases, your body’s energy consumption increases as well. So cardio burns more immediate calories, but strength training increases the body’s metabolic rate so that you burn more calories 24/7. We recommend a combination of both!
“If I have clothes made of plastic or I work out in warm environments, I sweat more which means I will burn more fat and energy”
The body’s temperature is regulated automatically and is kept as even as possible. When it’s hot the body tries to get rid of the excess heat by sweating. Sweating is a passive activity that requires no energy, so you don’t burn more calories or fat when you sweat. In fact, all it does is cause you to lose a large amount of fluid, which can decrease athletic performance and increase the risk of dehydration.
With so many myths out there, fact checking has never been more important. Did you use to believe any of these myths? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram @SevenWorkouts.