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Here are my top 3 favorite fitness myths to bust!

Every. Single. Day. We hear about the latest and greatest craze in fitness. And most of it is absolute baloney.

There is no substitute for eating a balanced diet high in lean proteins, whole grains, fresh fruit and veggies, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Period. There is no substitute for moving your body on a daily basis. No pill can give you the same results. #TruthHurts

My top 3 favorite fitness myths to bust:

  1. Sitting on a stability ball will tone your abs while you’re at work.

False. Sitting on a stability ball might train your abs the first day you do it. After you get the hang of it, that’s the end of the benefits. Sitting on a stability ball at work is really only good for training you how to sit on a stability ball better. It does not improve posture as it is 100% possible to slouch on a stability ball.

One of the worst things I’ve seen is the chair-like structure that has a stability ball for a seat. With four legs on the floor, you will not even get the day 1 benefits of learning to balance on it. This is a gimmick; don’t fall for it.

  1. Doing many, many crunches will yield a 6 pack, and doing booty exercises will help you lose fat back there.

False. If you are trying to lose fat in your stomach, or butt, or where ever, the ONLY SOLUTION is all-over fat loss. There is no such thing as spot reduction. Period. You don’t get to pick where your body takes the fat that it burns for energy.

Doing 1000 crunches or 1000 donkey kicks will give you stronger abs and glutes. No doubt about that. But this does not mean that your body will burn fat stores from nearby the glute muscles. It doesn’t work that way.

80% of your all-over fat loss will come from healthy eating. Portion control and a diet high in lean proteins, whole grains, fresh fruit and veggies, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

  1. Exogenous ketones are a short cut to the benefits of the ketogenic diet without the work.

Let’s break down, surface level, what the keto diet is. You’ve probably heard of it, but might not be familiar with what its claim is.

A ketogenic diet is a high fat diet. The idea is that in the presence of lots of fat, the body will start to burn fat exclusively for energy-ultimately making the follower of the diet lose body fat. “Ketones” are a by-product of fat-burning. And when your body is in a state of ketosis, meaning, producing a lot of ketones, it is probably burning fat stores almost exclusively for energy.

Ketones can also be used for energy. But “exogenous ketones” that is to say, ketones that your body did not make on its own, in pill form, are a con. If you take exogenous ketones as a short cut, the only thing that will do is cause your body to use the exogenous ketones for energy, instead of making its own by breaking down fat stores. When your body doesn’t need to burn fat for energy, you stop losing body fat.

Eating few carbs and a diet high in avocados and eggs is pretty hard to stick to. So if you are not following a ketogenic diet or not in a state of ketosis, taking exogenous ketones might seem like a short cut to the fat-burning benefits of ketosis. But apart from possibly giving you more energy, more than likely it will only impede your body’s need to break down sugar and fat for energy and it also might make your urine smell kinda fruity (as you excrete ketones).

There are no (legal) weight loss short cuts in pill form.

Final takeaway:

There are a lot of con men out there and so many fitness myths. Don’t be duped. The only way to be fitter and healthier is to eat a balanced diet and exercise consistently. Anyone who tells you different is selling something. If you have questions, check with your friendly, neighborhood, personal trainer to see if something is legit. We are happy to help!

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