9 Myths about burning fat exercises
I have been so long exercising at the gym that I heard all types of myths about burning fat workouts, so I decided to uncover some of them. Not because everyone says that it is true, it has to be true…
1. Lose weight is your main goal
I have heard so many of my friends saying that they will stop exercising because they are gaining weight and that is a mistake. I always tell them that muscle weights more than fat, so it is common to see an increase in weight when performing lifting regimens after a few weeks. A good way to measure yourself is by seeing how your clothes fit and how you feel overall.
2. The more repetitions the better.
The more repetitions you do just creates muscle memory, reducing the effectiveness of the workout and causing your body not to burn as much fat.
Working out all body parts will reduce muscle memory and increase calorie burn, which will translate into fat burn.
3. Get a protein shake after workout
I am not saying that protein shakes are bad; I am just saying that they are good for emergencies due to their low quality processed product. The best way to get protein after workout is through foods like turkey, beef, yogurt, and nuts.
4. To burn fat you have to do cardio in the morning on an empty stomach
Do high intensity exercise in the morning on an empty stomach may be dangerous, our body’s metabolism is at it is lowest because you have not eaten for 8 hours. Eat a balanced breakfast and you will be able to exercise longer and your body’s metabolism will already be working. Plus so many researches keep saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so do not skip it!
5. Cardio is the only way to lose weight
Cardio is good for the heart and increases endurance, but is not the only way to burn fat. Muscles have higher energy stores in them; the body will actually begin to feed off those after extended cardio regimens, rather than fat.
10 to 25 minutes of cardio is the best range in which your heart and endurance get what they need. Then, the ideal would be to combine cardio workouts with strength exercises.
6. Eat anything you want as long as you exercise
Either if you want to lose weight, or be on shape, you have to eat properly. Muscles need to feed, so your food intake should consist of a balance of proteins and carbs. Losing pounds and burning fat happens when you have a calorie deficit. However, intense calorie deficit works the opposite.
7. Crunches will give you the best flat stomach
Instead of just doing crunches, mix it up with planks and twisting exercises that work the entire stomach. Try to combine cardio workouts with crunches to get the best abs!
8. Always stretch before working out
Stretching is not a necessary part of a warm up; moreover stretching prior to intense exercise can actually impair performance by decreasing the ability of the muscle to produce force. Instead, try 5 to 10 minutes of jogging in place, jumping jacks or anything that will get the blood pumping. Generally, it is best to stretch at the end of the workout when the muscles are warm and flexible.
9. The more you sweat, the more you lose weight
Many people still believe that sweating more while you work out will make you lose more weight. They will were heavy clothes while they exercise. The truth is that sweating more only causes you to lose more water, which puts you in danger of being dehydrated. Do not forget to keep yourself hydrated by drinking water quite often while you work out.
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