Health and Fitness Myths Debunked
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Health and Fitness Myths Debunked

Health is wealth, indeed; that is why we invest on it. We spend time, money and effort for our health and fitness. However, have you actually asked yourself if you’re investing on it wisely or you are still stuck into the myths? Don’t defer your own progress! It’s time to know better. Learn the truths behind these health and fitness myths that you might have been believing into for the longest time.

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Disclaimer: I am no fitness expert nor a nutritionist. My health and fitness has been a work in progress for years now and these myths and truths are based on my research, own and a few fellow enthusiasts’ experiences. I intend to share these with you so you should know better and start changing what needs to be changed in your own health and fitness journey.

Eating Less or Skipping Meals is a Good Way to Loose Weight

Nope. You should not resort to a Crash Diet for weight loss. Research studies have proven how this diet results to various health issues including dehydration, palpitation, stress, weakened immune system and more. With this diet, you are basically depriving yourself of the nutrients that your body needs. You may enjoy the results in the beginning as you observe your weight decreasing but its aftermaths could be something that you may regret. What’s the best way then to loose weight? The answer is simple: a healthy and balanced diet with regular exercise. Consume food with the right amount of calories that your body needs based on your Body Mass Index. You can skip and eat less but of junks, sugary, oily and salty food.

All the ‘Healthy’ Food is Good for Everyone’s Body

Fact: our bodies need meat, fruits, vegetables and all the other nutrients-rich food for it to stay strong and healthy. Also a fact: we cannot just consume any ‘healthy’ food that we want and we just think we need. Our body has food intolerances and sensitivities that we don’t notice right away nor we may have paid attention to. One of the few symptoms of this food intolerance is bloating. You might have noticed that you may be eating nothing but healthy food but you feel and seem bloated afterwards. This might mean that you are intolerant to that food or an ingredient or two of it that you have just consumed. While we could always assume that on our own, it would still be best to consult a nutritionist or a dietician especially if we would want to try out Elimination Diet.

“No Pain No Gain”: Intense Workout Alone Would Help You Stay Fit

No matter how intense your workout is, you won’t still be getting anywhere near your fitness goals if you do not eat smart. Remember: exercise contributes about 20 to 30% to your weight loss or fitness journey while a good diet does about 70 to 80%. It’s mostly on the food that you eat. Further, doing intensive workouts more than what your body can and needed could lead to injuries and exhaustion. Also, weight loss is not about sweating a lot. It’s about burning more calories than what you have actually consumed. Quit with the “No Pain, No Gain” thinking. Give yourself and your body the right amount of everything that it needs.

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Doing Ab Workouts (Alone) Religiously Could Actually Give You Abs

If you do nothing but an ab workout alone to get your muscles toned, I’m afraid that you’re not going to see any results unless you do something more about it. To achieve toned abdominal muscles, take note that your workout should at least include high intensity fat burning routines, too. It’s the fat that you need to burn and ab workouts alone won’t suffice. Also, you have to observe the best healthy diet to match your body and your workout. Adding high fiber and protein to your diet and High Intensity Interval Training in your routine could help, too.

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Any Diet Plan Can Work

There may be a plethora of diet plans out there and people could attest to the effectiveness of each. However, this does not also mean that we can try any just because we feel like it is convenient and everyone around us is also doing it. For instance, you might have heard how Keto diet works well. However, those with chronic condition including high blood pressure and diabetes are not good candidates for this.

Before committing into a particular diet, it is safe to know where your body is at – your health condition, allergies and others. You may also opt to consult a dietician to make things easier for you. In this way, you won’t also have any problems even with your meal plans. If you think this costs a lot, it is a must that you know your body with a help of few physical tests then and do an intensive research as to which diet plan best suits you.

You may also want to read: Effective Diet and Work Out Tips

Health and Fitness Myths, in a Nutshell

Health and fitness is one of the smartest investments. Apart from wisely spending on it, we should also take some time to enrich out knowledge, debunking all the myths that might have been deferring our progress. These are just few of the many health and fitness myths that a lot has believed into. What were yours and the truths that you’ve learned about it? Let us know!

Anne Elizabeth Gumiran, also known as Queenie, is a 20-something, full-time public school teacher, a part-time travel blogger and a freediver. She started putting her stories of adventures and misadventures into words and pictures in 2017 and continues to do so as she shares her advocacy, Sustainable Traveling.

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