Some people will believe anything. If it’s posted online, then it’s obviously a viable source of information, right? NOPE. The fact of the matter is, when it comes to fitness, you can’t trust everything you hear… or see. Between Photoshop, design apps, and the plethora of contradictory health and fitness articles on the web, it’s time someone sheds some light on the common lies you see in fitness magazines and from enthusiasts who post on the daily. Here we have the top 5 common fitness lies exposed!
Well, yes, squats help lift and shape the booty, but going from pancake butt to a Kim K-worthy booty in a short time = not possible. Did you know there is an actual plastic surgery app for your smartphone that lets you enlarge body parts? It gained attention when rumors began floating around over Kylie Jenner’s suddenly larger-than-life duck lips. But it doesn’t stop there. There are some Instagram “celebs” that have had some plastic surgery to alter their behinds and claim to have earned that ba-donka-donk from lunges and squats. RIIIIIIGHT.
Lastly, it’s all about how you pose. The “booty pop” pose involves putting all of your weight onto the leg closest to the mirror, or camera, and a slightly arched back which gives the appearance of a big, round behind. I would know because I do it. However, I have proudly built my booty up over a two-year span, so it IS possible, just maybe not to the gargantuan extent that you see online.
False. Light weights can help add some resistance to your kickboxing, pilates, Zumba, or any other type of cardio/ endurance-based workouts, but light weights will not help you get to the level of “toned” that you are most likely envisioning. Lifting weights that are challenging is what will build up that muscle and help you burn more calories. More muscle = more calories burned at rest (and yes, that’s a fact, I promise).
Well, you don’t. Supplements are exactly that: a SUPPLEMENT to your already healthy diet. Truth is, eating a well-balanced diet consisting of proteins, good fats, carbs, fiber, and other nutrient-rich foods combined with a workout regimen is what will get you results. A supplement can be used to fill in the blanks that natural foods do not provide you with, or give you an extra blast of energy pre-workout, but that’s about it. When you don’t have the time (or just don’t feel like eating ANOTHER piece of chicken breast,) a protein shake is the perfect substitute.