Fitness: Busting the weight loss myths that most believe

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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If getting fitter, healthier and having a strong immunity are the resolutions that you have pledged to follow this year, then this is a must-read for you.

Lets take a look at some of th fitness myths that are commonly believed.

1. Excessive sweating means you are losing weight faster

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This is something that is quite widely believed. But sweating is the natural way for our body to control body temperature. Sweat is the body’s biological response to overheating. It allows the skin to cool down and helps to adjust the internal temperature of the body.

“If you sweat profusely and drink a little bit of water, you will feel like that you have lost a few ounces. But in fact, your body goes into dehydration, which is not safe,” experts explain. So, if you think you’re shedding weight by sweating, you’re mistaken.

2. Your muscles turn into fat when you stop exercising

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This is absolutely not true. Fat and muscle cells are different structures which are not interchangeable. Muscle cells grow large and multiply when you exercise. If you stop exercising, the muscle gets smaller, but it doesn’t convert to a different type cell type and turn into fat. Having said that neglected muscles and overeating to your body’s energy demands will result in the growth of your fat cells and make you gain weight.

3. Spot reduction can reduce all kinds of fat

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Spot reduction refers to the idea that fat in a certain area of the body can be targeted for reduction through exercise of specific muscles in that desired area. For example, exercising the abdominal muscles in an effort to lose weight in or around one’s midsection.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could reduce the volume of your waist, hips or any other part of your body at any given time? Unfortunately we cannot influence that. Everyone stores fat in different parts of the body. It is largely determined by one’s gender and genetics. Workouts that are targeted only towards certain body parts won’t help either. Although these kinds of workouts can burn calories and build muscles, they do not affect the fat cells in the target part of the body.

So, this new year let’s bust the myths and follow a proper routine based on true facts.