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Fat is bad for the diet.

Already, this article is misinforming the reader. The above statement, as well as several others, are common misunderstandings. When it comes to diet and exercise, there are myths, much like this one, that surface and begin to spread like wildfire. Inaccurate nutrition information may lead to less results and more problems because of inadequate intakes and improper exercise. So, how can the fire be put out to these lies? The best way is to research and know the real facts! In order to save time, here is a guide that will help bust some of the myths and help those get acquainted with the truth.

1. Vegetarian Diet

Myth: The vegetarian diet is the healthiest.

Fact: Although there are many fruits and vegetables being consumed in this diet, there are also important nutrients that are lacking. There are many essential vitamins and minerals lacking from not eating meat. There is also a lack of iron, which is needed to reach certain energy levels, thus maintaining a strong immune system.

Now What? Consume foods rich in iron: Black beans, fortified cereal, pasta, Tofu, baked potatoes


2. Ab workouts

Myth: Crunches or working out on an ab machine will get rid of belly fat.

Fact: These types of workouts only strengthen your stomach muscles, but have nothing to do with getting rid of belly fat. It’s not possible to pick and choose areas where you want to burn fat.

Now What? Working out with a variety of exercises will help lose weight. Overall body fat content can decrease with a combination of cardiovascular and strength-training elements.


3. Sweating

Myth: Not sweating during a workout shows that there was not enough work put into it.

Fact: Sweating is your body’s way of cooling itself down. It does not indicate how much effort was put into the exercise.

Now what? There are plenty of other exercises that won’t result in a pouring sweat. Instead, try something more low-key like a walk or easy jog. In the long-run, results can still be shown, no matter the type of workout.


4. If it hurts, it works

Myth: Pain that surfaces DURING a workout is a sign that it is working.

Fact: Feeling pain while exercising does not mean that you are going to receive any benefits. It is not supposed to hurt while engaged in a fitness activity. If pain arises, then this could be a sign that you are doing it wrong or that you could potentially have an injury.

Now What? Do not just work through the pain. It is advised that if pain occurs then to rest and stop the workout until it goes away. In case the pain is still present after a long period of time, it may be best to see a doctor.


5. Carbohydrates

Myth: Carbohydrates are bad and make you fat.

Fact: It is the sugary and refined-carbohydrate rich foods that contribute to weight gain or other diseases. “Good carb foods,” such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are essential for the diet. These are key nutrients needed as fuel for the body. When it comes to carbs, it is all about the quality of foods. In reality, carbs give fewer calories to the body than dietary fats.

Now what? Replace foods with added sugars in the diet for whole foods and those rich in fiber. Eat foods such as beans, brown rice, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

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