Your body can broken be broken down into 6 different muscle groups.
All muscle reacts pretty much the same to exercise, so the following misconceptions apply to all 6 main muscle groups.
1. The longer you workout, the stronger you’ll get.
False. As we are working out, we are trying to slightly damage our muscle fibers by overloading them to the point of exhaustion. The healing process is when the muscle repairs and strengthens itself. You need to rest the muscle well in-between workouts for maximum build.
2. To lose weight you MUST eat less.
False. You want to laser-focus your effortson raising your metabolism. That is the master key to almost effortless weight loss. The faster your metabolism burns calories the easier it will be to lose weight.
Of course you do need to be sensible in your food choices, and everyone should watch the junk food, etc., but starving yourself for a time just to shed pounds only leads to a nasty pattern of weight-loss and re-gain that gets more and more difficult to conquer. See (find article on this on blog)
3. Muscle weighs more than fat.
Well…yes and no. Muscle tissue is more dense than fat, so if you lost five pounds of fat and gained five pounds of muscle the scale would not show a difference but your pants sure would.
Fat does not actually turn into muscle. You simply replace fat with muscle. Fat must be burned. You see, muscle lies underneath fat. As your muscles get stronger and firmer, they push out the fat, making you appear larger. This sounds fine only if you’re looking to bulk up – and aren’t most of us looking to trim down? And even if you are looking to bulk up, you don’t want that outer layer of fat. You need to burn that fat off as well as build the muscle, which is why it’s so important to do aerobic exercise in addition to strength training.
So there you have it – three major misconceptions laid to rest. Spread the word!