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Weight Loss Myths You Shouldn't Believe

Helen Bush

In today's digital age we are bombarded with information. We can get information all sorts of ways, such as the internet, magazines and newspapers, and tv and movies. However, how do you know if they are telling you the truth? It is easy for people to report things that are supposedly nothing but the facts, and then all of a sudden they get caught in a lie. So, how do you know if all these weight loss and fat busting tips are true? You have to do your research and double check it. You need to make sure the facts are backed up by someone with the right credentials and qualifications. Here we have gathered some of the more common weight loss myths and debunked them.


  • You can only get toned abs by doing a lot of crunches. This is not true. Your     six-pack abs are already there. You just can not see them because they are hidden under a layer of fat. You can do countless ab workouts and still not achieve a six-pack until you lose this layer of fat. So, in order to get the abs of your dreams you need to be aware of your caloric intake and focus on working out all of the muscles in your body.

  • You can target certain problem areas. It would be great if you could pick and choose which area you could lose fat in, but it is impossible for you to decide which area of fat your body is going to burn. Your body burns fat wherever it decides, regardless of what area you are working out. The best way to burn fat and achieve a leaner body is by choosing a fitness routine that works your entire body. This will help give you an overall more toned look.

  • You can turn fat into muscle. This saying is totally misleading. Fat is fat, and muscle is muscle. There is no magic trick that will turn fat into muscle. It would be more correct to say that you can eliminate fat and build up your muscles to replace it. Also the best fact is that the more muscle mass you have, the more fat your body will burn. So, to lose the most amount of fat, you should incorporate some weight training into your fitness routine.

  • Eating fat makes you fat. Fat does have more calories than carbs and proteins but     just eating fatty foods won't make you fat. You also need to focus on caloric intake. 2,000 calories of fat, protein and carbs is equal to 2,000 calories, any way you look at it. According to Mark Hyman, MD, fat does not make you fat and eating good fats can actually help you stay healthy. You need to have a healthy diet and be aware of how many calories you need to burn to lose any excess fat.


    It can be difficult in today's world to decipher what is fact and what is fiction. There are so many misleading ideas out there that many of us take for facts; however, if we just did a little digging we would see that there is nothing backing up these supposed truths. It can be extremely beneficial to stop taking things at face value and do all the extra research that we can, especially when it comes to fitness and weight loss techniques.