3 Common Misconceptions when Exercising for Weight Loss

As personal trainers, we are faced with a majority of people who come in to Blitz Conditioning with the goal of weight loss.  Let’s face it, it’s on most of our minds!  I thought I’d share three misconceptions that we often hear about here just to alleviate any concerns.

1) If I eat less then I’ll weigh less:

Definitely not the ideal method of weight loss.  Although people may see an initial weight loss from starvation, that soon stops.  The principle behind starvation techniques are that your metabolism is higher than the energy that you consume, so your body starts eating its reserves in the form of fat.  One of the main problems with this method is that your basal metabolic rate (the amount of energy you burn while resting) also slows down as they starve themselves to a point.  A study found that metabolism can drop by 82% within 3 days of starvation!  So people that eat less will eventually reach a point where they will stop loosing weight and actually re-gain the same weight if not more.

2) Weight loss can only be achieved through cardio:

Sorry folks!  you can hit the bike, run, and elliptical your face off but at the end of the day you need a whole body approach!  Cardio burns calories, and momentarily ups your metabolism but weights increase your basal metabolism because you increase the amount of muscle fibers in your body so you need more energy to do day to day tasks.  So if you only do cardio, you’ll loose weight but only if you keep up the cardio.  If you lift weights in complement with the cardio you’ll bump up your basal metabolic rate up which means that even if you consume the same amount of calories you’ll loose weight!

3)  I hate weights because they’ll make me look big!

Wrong again! How many times do we hear this one?  Well myth debunked!  Your muscular composition is determined by your genetic makeup with stimulus (food, exercise, and a whole bunch of other environmental factors).  Don’t worry a majority of us do not have the genetic makeup of a bodybuilder, not to mention if you are using the metabolic exercises that we talked about before you won’t have to worry about anything!

So, there we are!  Three common misconceptions we hear, leave a comment below if you have more questions or other myths that you’d like us to debunk!

About Chris Tse

I’m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.

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