I absolutely love the internet and the power we now have to connect with so many people. I’ve been able to help so many beautiful women change their lives for the better, with my online F.I.T. programs. Whilst the internet is great, there is also a tonne of misinformation out there, especially when it comes to health and fitness for females. To help you out a little I’m here to bust some of the most common exercise myths I hear on a day to day basis, so you can start getting the results you want.
Myth #1 Women will get bulky from lifting weights
This is probably one of the most common myths I hear when it comes to women training at the gym. So many run away from lifting weights scared it will make them get bulky. I know because I used to be one of them. \
Fact: As someone who used to model and be extremely thin I can assure you that lifting weights will not make you bulky. In fact from my experience I found lifting weights is the best way to sculpt your body, lose body fat and get that shapely figure every woman wants. Whilst lifting weights will mean you will put on muscle, it will be lean muscle that will make you look slim and toned. Muscle also burns a lot more calories, so the more lean muscle you have, the more efficient your body will be at burning fat. Which ladies actually means you can eat more and not store fat. That’s a total win in my books.
Myth # 2 You can spot reduce fat from certain areas of your body
There are a lot of promises out there on how to spot reduce fat from a particular area of the body. However, you can't just focus on one area of the body and reduce fat there. Abs is the most common one you see, where people believe a million crunches will result in a six pack.
Fact: In order to melt fat off the entire body you need to be smart about your exercise and eat a clean whole foods diet. If you want to get abs, then you need to melt fat off the entire body. Whilst spot exercises will help you build lean muscle in that area, you need burn fat off the entire body in order to lose fat and shred down.
Myth # 3 You only need to do cardio to lose weight
This is another extremely common myth I see so many women fall victim too. They spend hours and hours running on a treadmill or doing spin class in hope of losing weight. Cardio has been said to burn more calories in that moment of exercise, which is why people see it as an effective tool to use for weight loss. I don’t have anything against cardio overall, and doing something is always going to be better than doing nothing. Cardio also still has its place in a health and fitness routine. It improves cardiovascular fitness, gets the heart rate up, boosts your energy and helps with your mood.
Fact: Whilst cardio is extremely good for you, for the best result you need to incorporate both weights and cardio together. That’s because in order to burn fat, you to have build lean muscle, which means you need to incorporate resistance/strength training into your exercise routine. And as I said above, lifting weights is not going to get you bulky.
Myth # 4 You can out train a bad diet
I see a lot of women take on the mentality of “well I did a hard workout, so I can eat whatever I want”. Whilst I promote having a balanced lifestyle and allowing for treats every now and again, eating whatever you want all the time, just because you went to the gym is not going to get you results.
Fact: The biggest component to getting a lean body is actually nutrition. As they commonly say, abs are made in the kitchen. Whilst they aren’t solely made in the kitchen, what you eat has a major impact on the results you will get. My recommendations are to eat a well-balanced, whole-food diet, that will nourish you and give you energy to sustain you throughout your day. No crash diets, extreme calorie restriction or filling up on processed diet foods.
Myth # 5 You need to severely restrict your calories to get your dream body
The “diet” world has been pumping out the same message for years now and that’s in order to lose weight you must severely restrict your calories and go on a deprivation diet. I can’t tell you how many girls I talk to who have tried all these restrictive diets, lost a bit of weight, only to put it back on once they go back to normal eating.
Fact: To get the body you want, you need to fill up on nourishing whole foods. Whilst it’s important to not overeat, obsessing about calorie control and majorly restricting them only leads to an unhealthy relationship with food and a damaged metabolism. I have a great nutrition plan on my F.I.T. programs that caters to vegan, vegetarians and meat eaters. I promise you won't go hungry on this plan.