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Myths and Misconceptions

  • Fitness: Need to work out for one hour or more, 5-6 days a week to see results.

In fact, if you exercise for that long the chances are that you could put on weight because of the increased cortisol levels (stress hormone) in the body. If you workout at the right intensity all you need is 30 minutes, thrice a week to see dramatic changes.

  • Nutrition: You shouldn’t skip breakfast because it is the most important meal of the day

Every meal you eat is important and it’s what you eat in those meals that are even most important. If breakfast means pancakes, cookies, cereals, samosas, fried foods, etc, then I’d say it is better to skip it.

  • Nutrition: You shouldn’t eat after 6 pm. (Meal timing)

There’s no magic time when your body suddenly decides… okay, it’s 6 o clock and everything that comes into the system now will be stored as fat. Yes, it’s better to eat a lighter meal in the night because your body doesn’t need that much energy at that time of the day. But for most people, even before they even consider the ‘when’ to eat question they need to look at what it is they’re eating and the quantity.

  • Fitness: After quitting gym you put on double the weight lost.

There is truth to this but you need to read between the lines to get the real explanation. When people go to the gym or enter a fitness program their nutrition intake generally tends to increase because of the energy they spend training. When they stop, they still continue to eat in the same way like they did when they were going to the gym. This leads to the increased weight gain. A person can definitely stay in shape after stopping the gym by controlling nutrition intake.

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