Myths have always been a part of the fitness industry. Poor beginners are the first to fall prey to these myths and desi trainers are to be blamed. Self education and application of what you have learned is the only way to not fall for these myths. Here are few of these Fitness myths and the truth behind them: -
1) I Just want to reduce my Face Fat/Double Chin
If spot reduction was at all possible, men with pot bellies and women with lower body fat deposits would have been a rare sight. Liposuction is the only answer to spot reductions. So, unless you want to go under the knife just to have that belly go away, stick to a good workout regime and let your body burn all the fat from various parts automatically.
2) Lifting Lighter Weights gives you muscle definition
I know your gym trainer have been teaching you this since long, that for mass, lift heavy, and for definition, lift lighter weights. Well, it's your body fat percentage that defines your muscles and not the number of repetitions. When you have lower body fat percentage, your muscles will automatically look more defined and clear. When you don't lift heavy, your muscle won't grow, when muscles don't grow, you won't have anything to show off, forget about muscularity.
3) More Sweat means more Fat Loss
Sweat has nothing to do with your Fat loss. Just because you don't sweat in winters, it doesn't mean that you don't burn fat. Sweating is just a medium by which the body gets rid of the heat that's being produced while you workout. Since the temperature is higher in summers so the body sweats more to cool down. Fat is something that is oxidised inside your body, and when it is burnt, you won't see any vapours coming out of your body.
4) Doing Cardio Before Weight Training Will Burn More Fat
If you do your cardio before your weight training, you will be draining all your energy in the cardio itself and you won't have enough strength left for weight training. Due to this fatigue, you will not be able heavy and hence you won't grow muscles. You don't need to run miles to burn more fat but you need more muscles.
5) Cardio is better than Weight Training
Though it is easier, but certainly, Cardio is not better than weight training for fat loss or weight loss. An equal effort in both, and I can guarantee that that weight training will yield you better results, even studies suggest likewise. Cardio just makes you burn a few calories, but when you do resistance training, your body becomes anabolic for another 48 hours, wherein, it starts to repair those muscle fibres that you have trained. When your body builds muscles, it will recruit more calories, unlike cardio, where your calorie expenditure process comes to a halt as soon as you step off from the treadmill.