1. You can’t lose weight without exercise.
This myth hurts the process of learning how to build a perfect body for many who get stuck with this idea. I’m here to tell you that you can lose weight without doing exercise ten out of ten times. The only scientifically proven way of losing weight is calories in vs. calories out, meaning you have to consume fewer calories than the amount you burn. The easiest way to achieve this is through dietary restriction. The problem with trying to exercise your way to weight loss is that it comes with other variables that can hinder your caloric deficit efforts: eating more because you’re tired after exercise, overestimating the calories you burned during exercise and therefore assuming you can eat more, resting more throughout the day, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you shouldn’t exercise, I’m just saying that it is not accurate to state that a person who doesn’t exercise will not lose weight.
2. Increased metabolism is required for weight loss.
The word “metabolism” gets thrown around a lot in the health and fitness industry. Pay close attention to what I am about to tell you because this fact alone will save you a lot of time and money: there is nothing you can really do to increase your metabolism. Your metabolic rate is pretty much set by your internal organs (they make up about 85% of your metabolism). Some would claim that this statement isn’t true because you can supposedly increase your metabolism by adding muscle. The truth is that this would account for only a few calories burned per pound of extra muscle mass per DAY; a negligible amount. If you wanted to see a significant increase in the amount of calories you burn, you would have to add an unrealistic amount of muscle mass, which defeats the purpose of your quest on learning how to build a perfect body, doesn’t it? Therefore, if you see a product that claims to “increase” your metabolism, be cautious. Save yourself money by disregarding these claims.
3. Losing body fat and increasing muscle mass will get you to your ideal body shape.
This one is only partly accurate. These two factors are required in order to build a perfect body, but they cannot be done indiscriminately. If this were a correct statement, then where would the limit be? Where would the cutoff be before your fat loss and muscle gain would be considered too much and unattractive? The key here is gaining muscle and losing fat in the right places and in the right amounts. You have to be more specific when it comes to having the shape that you want.
So there you have it! If you remember these simple facts, you will save yourself a lot of time, money, and stress as you work towards your ideal shape.