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Three Fitness Myths Debunked

Three Fitness Myths Debunked
March 09
17:43 2016

Even though the American culture has become increasingly more health focused, this doesn’t mean that every exerciser is completely versed on fitness. There are still fitness myths that continue to be commonly believed by many, no matter how many times they are refuted.

So, without further ado, here are three myths that are absolutely not true.

  1. Fat burning only happens in fat-burning zones.

This is not the case! Although is called the fat-burning zone, this doesn’t mean you don’t burn fat in other zones. At lower intensities, like walking, your body uses more fats than carbohydrates. But as your heart beats per minute increase, you start burning more carbohydrates to fats. But, you then also burn more total calories from both carbs and fats during a higher-intensity workout. So, if you really want to burn fat, you should be kicking your work-out up a notch by aiming for higher than 120-140 heartbeats per minute, which is the average fat-burning zone.

  1. Muscle weighs more than fat.

You may have heard someone mention this as a reason for why they have not lost weight even though they have been working out heavily. Both a pound of fat and a pound of muscle weigh exactly the same. However, muscle is more dense than fat. Meaning that muscle takes up less space than the same amount of fat (as shown in the photo above.) That’s why men and women with the same weight don’t all have similar body types.

  1. You can’t bulk up without protein supplements.

This is another common myth. Protein is essential for muscle growth, but supplements are not! This doesn’t mean you have to write off supplements. But, not taking them won’t negatively affect your fitness goals. You are what you eat. So, you can get vital protein, like amino acids from a healthy well balance diet, including tuna, chicken, eggs and milk.

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