Fitness Myths and Truth

Myth 1 : Is Fat Loss from some selective areas Possible? E.g. losing just the Belly Fat?

This concept is also hyped as "Spot Reduction" and unfortunately, it doesn’t work. Spot training doesn't work to help you achieve your overall long-term goals. The best way to lose fat from one particular area is to lose fat overall. When you lose weight, you are unable to choose the area in which the reduction occurs. Your body predetermines which fat stores it will use. For example, doing sit-ups will strengthen your abs but “will not take the fat off of your stomach”. Similarly, an activity like running burns fat all over your body, not just your legs. Simple Example to understand this concept is look into your own body, if you’re a right handed, than the maximum work done by the right hand throughout the day is 10 times more than the left hand, what is the end result? Is your right hand slimmer than the left? The answer would be NO. However you will notice that the Ability of doing things with right arm becomes easy as compared to left arm.

You can, however, compliment a balanced exercise program with a selection of weight training exercises to gradually lose Fat and tone the whole body.

Myth 2 : Women who lift weights will bulk up.

The genetic and the hormonal makeup of men and women are different. While on a weight lifting program, the right hormones (testosterone) are necessary in order to bulk up. Women’s testosterone hormone levels are much lower than men’s, so in most cases, they are not capable of building large muscles. In fact, women tend to lose inches when they strength train. So in addition to the physical benefits (increased metabolism, increased strength, decreased risk of osteoporosis, Increased Lean Muscle Mass, strong ligaments and tendons) strength training will help you slim down too!

Do not fall in trap with the chemically altered women on the covers of bodybuilding Magazines, These “magazine stand models” are most likely chemically pumped, full of some extra juice. This is why they look like men.