Misconceptions About The Healthier Lifestyle

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With all the really tasty junk food we have today, it’s difficult to go for a healthier lifestyle. It’s made even more difficult due to the fact that we’re all extremely busy. There’s no more time to go to the gym as some of us work after hours. After a stressful day, we simply just want to crash on our soft beds. And if working out and watching what you eat is hard enough for some, add to that the science behind each type of exercise. Targeting the abs, for one, has a lot of science behind it for the best results.

For the uninitiated, there are a lot of misconceptions. Perhaps one of the most common ones is that dieting means eating less. While this is true to some extent, it doesn’t mean you have to eat so little portions that makes your meals look like you’re in a gourmet restaurant. Dieting is a matter of regulating your carb intake, and getting more nutrients from your vegetables. If you really think about it, vegans have it nice. They can eat as much as they want and they’re still healthy.

Another popular misconception is that the more workouts you do, the better. It’s both true and false. It is true in a sense that more repetitions in your exercises can do wonders. It’s false in a sense that doing too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing. By doing your workouts, you’re tearing your muscles. By overdoing your workouts, you’re not allowing them to heal up and this puts you at risk for a more permanent damage.

It’s the same with supplements. Protein powders give supplementary protein to help muscle recovery and development, but drinking them too liberally without regard for when to take them will make you big, but not fit.

It’s important that you understand that these supplements won’t work at all without the exercise. Taking from the protein powder example, you have to do your workout to shape your muscles. Protein powder is like clay and exercise is the molding process. To make the most of it, you have to mold your muscles through exercise.

This brings us to the supplements misconception: that they’re necessary. You can get in shape without them. Supplements merely provide a boost to your repetitions. You can always do workouts without doing any creatine bodybuilding and still get the same result. It will take longer, but it’s going to be worth it.
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6 Ways to Shrink Your Belly (And 5 Don’t Include Exercise!) (huffingtonpost.com)

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Possible Reasons You Still Don’t Have a Six-Pack

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Keeping yourself physically fit has a lot of accompanying benefits. For one, you get to be healthier, as you can’t really get fit without a healthy lifestyle. By being healthy, you become less prone to physical ailments. Being overweight or underweight can lead to infertility, for instance. At any rate, you may notice that when staying fit, it takes a lot longer to develop a flatter belly than with any other part of your body.

There are a lot of reasons for this. For one, the abs are one of the most difficult muscles to target. Each body part, whether the legs or arms or abs, often come with two or three exercises at the minimum to target them. The exercises involving the abs, however, aren’t complemented with our more mundane activities. For instance, lifting weights in the gym can be complemented by carrying heavy groceries. Leg exercises in the gym are complemented by taking the stairs at work. With abs, there isn’t a lot of methods outside the gym.

If you take supplements, know that while they may help you burn extra calories and develop your muscles faster, they don’t burn calories by themselves. Also, most supplements give you energy and muscle development and repair anyway. They usually don’t work on abs.

You may also want to know how the supplements you use work. For instance, creatine supplements give you a lot of water weight for extra strength and more reps at the gym. While it may help you develop your biceps and do more sit-ups, they may also make your belly look a lot bigger due to water weight.

Another possible reason for your abs to not quite look the way you want it to is because you have unrealistic expectations. You may see abs from TV or movies, but yours will never look like that. This isn’t to say you’ll never have a six-pack. Your abs will have their own look once they start to surface. And if you think not everyone has abs, think again. Everybody does. They’re just hidden beneath layers of belly fat, which, again, are extremely hard and time-consuming to get rid of.

Finally, you may be doing a lot of crunches and sit-ups and other really good ab workouts, but they won’t really do any good if you’re not following proper diet and nutrition. Remember, abs are hidden beneath fat layers in the stomach. Unless they are gone, your abs won’t really show. So only by combining exercise and dieting will help you get a six-pack. Don’t worry, though, it really takes a long time to develop the abs so just keep at it so you’ll need to be determined.

Related Links:

Lose Belly Fat: 10 Best Exercises For 6-Pack Abs (huffingtonpost.com.ca)

6 fitness myths, busted (and 3 surprising facts) (edition.cnn.com)