Post # 1
I hate hearing that muscle weighs more than fat. I don’t know how and why this was started, but my 10th grade health teacher debunked this. I don’t want to sound insensitive, but I feel like it’s an excuse for people to feel better about gaining weight.
Oh! Another fitness myth I hate! If you aren’t sweating, then you aren’t working out hard enough! I remember when my friend and I got a free personal trainer for a month (before I got pregnant) and he yelled at some new trainer for telling a member that! He said you can get your heart rate up to it’s target zone and get a good workout without breaking a sweat!
What are some fitness myths you wish would go away?
Post # 3
I hate hearing that muscle weighs more than fat. I don’t know how and why this was started, but my 10th grade health teacher debunked this. I don’t want to sound insensitive, but I feel like it’s an excuse for people to feel better about gaining weight
awww I actually thought that was true. fml.
Post # 4
@Miss Tattoo: I thought that this was true too
Post # 5
This is more weight-loss related, but I hate hearing that if I lose weight my chest will get smaller. It doesn’t work that way for everyone, people!
Post # 6
I wanted to look more into the “muscle weighs more than fat” myth as I thought it was true too…learned a little something here:
Yes, it’s true that muscle does not weigh more than fat no more than a 5 lb bag of feathers weights more than a 5 lb bag of cement. 5lbs is 5lbs. The correct way of saying it would be: “Muscle is heavier by volume than fat.”
Fat is bulkier and takes up more space than muscle. But like you said…5lbs is 5lbs. I found this interesting.
“A woman weighing 150 pounds with 19% fat will look much smaller (and be much healthier) than a woman at 150 pounds with 35% fat. They weigh the same, yet the composition is different. Because muscle is more dense than fat the person with less fat and more muscle will look smaller.
Stop being so obsessed with body weight and start paying attention to body composition. How much body fat do you have compared to muscle? Simply seeing how much you weigh isn’t very helpful.” Source: http://www.onemorebite-weightloss.com/muscle-to-fat.html
So it’s really about the inches, not the numbers!
I love when people put up myths so I actually have to do some research myself to find the truth!!
Post # 7
Now, for the myth I hate: doing cruches or ab machines will get rid of belly fat!
Nope you gotta burn fat (cardio) to get rid of it..you can’t spot check fat either. You’re going to get muscle under your fat if all you’re doing is crunches. Gotta get in that fat brning cardio.
Post # 8
Damn, before I even came on the thread, that was the first thing I was going to say Ms. Tattoo! It irks me because my friends always say ‘Oh damn, that’s how much you weigh, you look smaller’ Yep, that’s because I lift weights…I’m muscular. I take up less space 🙂
Um, let’s see: the no carb thingie. God damn people, you can’t live your life eating only proteins!! I’m glad that the Atkins diet has been revised. It has been revised right? I also hate when folks dog on me for eating peanut butter saying that it’s filled with fat and calories. Hello? I only have a TBS and it’s GOOD fat and calories. I don’t know why people don’t understand the difference.
The numbers you see when exercising on a threadmill are not the same as real life. Burning 1000k on a threadmill is usually an inflated number!
Post # 9
Not a myth, but a colleague asked me what time I did in my last 5K in. When I told him, he gave me the most increduluous look ever, and went “Are you kidding?” (34 minutes). I really work hard to make myself run 5k three times a week so I could have punched him.
Post # 10
@jenewitt: Ha, I did the exact same thing as you and found the same source!
Post # 11
The no carb thing bugs me no end.
Post # 12
“Fat is bulky and lumpy so if you carry an extra five pounds of fat, you’ll be lumpier than with five pounds more muscle. A five pound pile of fat will take up more space (volume) than a five pound pile of muscle; but five pounds is still five pounds, so for those of you that don’t “get” English, you cannot say one thing weighing a certain weight weighs more than another thing at that same weight. It’s a common joke to play on an 8-year old. The correct way to state the muscle weighs more than fat scenario is, “Muscle is heavier by volume than fat.””
That’s just a quote from this website.
You really wouldn’t start gaining muscle faster than you’re losing fat until you have a really low body fat percentage. If there is fat on your body to lose, gaining muscle will not happen quickly enough to out-do the fat loss.
However, if you aren’t doing any cardio, and just focusing on weight lifting (although you still will be losing “fat” because muscle burns fat) you could gain water weight because your muscles will retain water from all the work you’re doing.
Either way, if you’re losing fat you will see a difference. If your clothes aren’t becoming visibly big on you, than your problem isn’t that “muscle weighs more than fat”
@Miss Tattoo: Amen sister! I hate when people say “muscle weighs more than fat”! And although I totally agree that you don’t have to be sweating to be getting a good workout that one never applied to me, I sweat all.the.time. Sometimes when I workout I sweat so much fi thinks I stuck my head in the pool before coming upstairs, hahahahahaha.
As for other ones, I can’t think of any right now, because the first thing I thought of when I read the title of the post was the muscle-fat thing.
@jo.lee: I’m so jealous…I can come up with reasons I don’t mind having considerably smaller boobs than I used to, but I miss them… lol
Post # 13
That a salad is a healthy option, no matter what you put in it. Some people think that it’s automatically healthy if you put lettuce under it.
Post # 14
@jenewitt: hahaha – great minds think alike!
Post # 15
@Miss Tattoo: I disagree. I work out 5 days a week, every week and without fail. I no longer lose weight when I work out regardless of how hard I work out. However when I eat like a cow and stop working out I LOSE weight and look bigger. Once I start to tighen up again I gain weight and look smaller. I’m am certain muscle does weight more than fat when comparing the same volume of mass.
Post # 16
This isn’t a myth but I hate the phrase.
“no pain, no gain”