what’s myth and what’s not

You have to do a lot of sit-ups to trim belly fat. FALSE

It is not possible to trim isolated areas of the body by doing specific exercises. You will lose weight by increasing the number of calories you burn in proportion to the amount of calories you take in by eating.


You will look like a body builder if you use weights. FALSE

Lifting weights two or three times per week, performing only one exercise for each muscle group and limiting overloads, cannot cause your muscles to develop. Muscle development in body builders is the result of extended, daily weight-training sessions, performing several exercises per muscle group and using special techniques specifically to develop muscles.


Vibration plates help you to lose weight. FALSE

The increase in calorie burn derived from the use of vibration plates, without additional cardiovascular exercise, is negligible. Therefore, this is not an effective way of losing weight.


You should drink while you exercise. TRUE

It is extremely important to drink liquids before, during and after exercise. This counterbalances the loss of fluids through perspiration and breathing.You need enough water to maintain your body at a normal temperature, thereby avoiding excessive and potentially dangerous rises in body temperature.


Exercising for anything less than an hour is a waste of time. FALSE

Twenty minutes of exercise, three to four times per week, will give you better results than one hour of sporadic exercise. The frequency and regularity with which you work out are more important than the amount of time you spend exercising.


You should cut lipids out of your diet to lose weight. FALSE

A well-balanced diet should include an appropriate amount of lipids. Lipids are a very important source of energy. Not only do they help the body absorb certain vitamins, they also contribute to the formation of certain cellular components and the production of hormones. In order to lose weight on a permanent basis, you must increase the amount of calories you burn off through exercise and at the same time you must maintain a balanced intake of calories.


Freestyle exercises are better than lifting weights or using machines. FALSE

Even when performing freestyle exercises, you are working with a weight - the weight of your body. The real problem is selecting the appropriate loads and performing movements correctly to minimise the risk of sustaining an injury and maximise training results.