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Given the size of the weight loss and fitness industries, it’s no surprise that there’s more than a few falsehoods floating around out there. We all want to look better and feel fitter, which unfortunately means there are plenty of people looking to cash in on this desire - even if it means filling the general space with misrepresentations of the facts.
All of this has a tendency to complicate the already-complex world of trying to lose weight and get in shape. There’s a lot of “commonly accepted” knowledge that’s pretty much anything but accurate - which can make it tough to know how to get things right.
In an effort to try and straighten out some of the myths, it’s time to bust a few of the most egregious. So without further ado, what are the weight loss and fitness myths that you can leave in the dust behind you?
MYTH! Everyone Can Lose Weight Easily If They Put Their Mind To It
This is false, but it’s a tough one for people to move past. It’d be nice if everyone could lose weight just by making an effort, but it’s simply not the case. For one thing, medications can make losing weight almost impossible. It’s also well established how hormones affect your weight loss, especially if you have health conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Even stress - something we’re all at risk of - can make it difficult to lose weight. When you’re battling these factors, it can take more than clean eating, ensuring you eat breakfast or drinking extra water to help. The truth is, we’re all different. It isn't always as simple as eating less and immediately losing weight.
MYTH! You Need to Work Out Every Day
Many a fitness guru will insist that daily workouts are an essential. They might suggest alternating between cardiovascular exercise and something more serene, such as yoga, but the thrust is always the same: you should be exercising every single day. Apps and FitBits continue this myth into the modern age, with daily rather than weekly goals.
In truth, working out every day can be pretty bad for your body - even if you do take it easier on some days than others. Exercise is strenuous; that’s pretty much the point of it. That means that your body is going to need time to recover from all that strain, repair lingering issues, and build extra muscle to help you cope with rigorous exercise. If you don’t take frequent rest days, then none of that good work is going to have the chance to happen.
So while exercising regularly is a good idea, there’s nothing to suggest a daily workout is something you should be pursuing.
These are just two examples of the myths that surround weight loss and fitness. They are by far the most quoted, which you will see referenced time and again as if they are established fact. Now that you know this, you can stride forward in a new direction, focusing only on the things that will be effective rather than the misconceptions that will hold you back.