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Fitness: Fitness Myths

By Oscar Saucedo

Being in the fitness industry gives me the opportunity to hear a lot of funny things. One of those are fitness myths—those things that someone made up and people just believe it. They can last for years, and I don’t like them. Here are some fitness lies that I wish people would stop spreading!

The cardio only program. Some people believe that they should do only cardio for their entire fitness routine. They only walk, or they only run, or they only do spinning and Zumba. Then, they get frustrated when they stop losing fat and their body stops changing. The cardio only program will not give you that toned body that you want. You absolutely need weight training to keep your muscle mass, improve your posture, and maintain your metabolism operating at a higher level.

Using a sauna or sweat suits helps burn more fat. Sweat is not fat. Sweating a lot does not mean you are burning fat.  Putting on a plastic suit and going to walk in the South Texas heat does not make you thin. It does help you lose water if you are retaining water, but drinking lots of water works much better to avoid water retention. So yes, saunas and sweat suits help dehydrate you, but to keep burning fat and keep your metabolism running optimally, it’s better to stay well hydrated always.

Using light weights and high repetitions to get lean.  Some people believe that this strategy is the best for burning body fat and getting the toned body they see in fitness commercials. But, I can’t even believe this is still a thing! High repetition training does not burn fat. Weight training is fueled by sugar, the sugar stored in the muscle called glycogen. And on top of that, the lightweight does not help build toned muscle.  It does help build muscular endurance, but it won’t help get a lean, toned body. You have to lift heavy enough to cause muscle growth, and do cardio and diet to burn the fat over the muscle. 

Lifting weights makes you big. It takes years and years and years of hard, heavy lifting and being dedicated to eating extra calories to build big muscles. It does not happen overnight. But too many people in South Texas avoid lifting heavy weights because, apparently, they think that one day they will wake up a grossly huge mass monster! Lift heavy to achieve your goal as soon as possible. Then you can cut back and maintain your goal body.

Muscle turns to fat. That is not true. Some people believe that if you build big muscles and then stop working out, the muscle turns to fat. First of all, why would you stop working out? Second, muscle is muscle and fat is fat. One does not turn into the other. If you do stop working out, you lose your muscle and gain fat. But there is no magic conversion here. So…just don’t stop exercising. Fitness is for life.

1000 crunches to burn body fat. There is no way to “spot reduce” (the myth that working a specific area burns the fat on that area). Doing abdominal exercises works the muscles underneath the fat, but not the fat on top of the abdominals.  To burn the fat on your abdominals, you must eat less than what you burn and you must do cardio. If you don’t do that, 1000 abdominal repetitions will only get you well-conditioned abdominal muscles covered by a layer of fat.

Protein powder makes you fat. No, that is not true. Tacos make you fat, conchas make you fat, most restaurants make you fat. But protein powder is low-calories and high-quality nourishment. It does not make you fat. Eating too much makes you fat. It also doesn’t make your muscles huge. As I said, that takes years and years of dedication. What it does do is help you recover from exercises to be able to come back to the gym strong! As we get older, we need even more help recovering.  So don’t be afraid to include protein powder in your regimen.

Liquor is low calorie. I am an alcohol expert in my other occupation. Too many times, I hear people think they are doing well because they only had whiskey all night. But whiskey drinks can easily have as many calories as a beer. A typical whiskey with nothing added has about 100 calories. So don’t fool yourself thinking you are saving calories with liquor.  

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Keto Cuts helps you kickstart nutritional ketosis if you are on the keto diet.  BHB and MCTs further boost your body’s own ketone production.  Keto Cuts is non-stimulant, provides aminos to help with recovery, and adds L-Carnitine L-Tartrate to help burn fat.

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