Fact or Fiction? The Fitness Edition!

Improve your fitness regime by separating fact from myth.

Fact or Fiction? The Fitness Edition!

You might be surprised to discover that there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to fitness, some of which you might believe, and it may be holding you back from reaching your true potential.

Learn which health tips can help you up your fitness game, and which you should dump.


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"You Can Lose Weight in the Specific Area You Want"

This is FICTION. There is no such thing as “spot reducing fat”. Fat is a store of energy. When your body draws on it, it pulls fats from several stores and circulates them in the blood to the organs that need an energy boost. While some fat is stored locally, most of it is circulated based on the body’s needs to other locations. As a result, working out your legs won’t necessarily kick the fat on your thighs.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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