These common fitness myths, from “gaining weight means you’re fat” to “healthy outside equals healthy inside,” can actually be harmful to your health.

There are many myths and half-truths when it comes to fitness; although some might be harmless; there are others that may be dangerous.

Truthfully, what works for one person at the gym may not work for the other as everyone reacts differently to exercise.

Focus Training (a leading provider of Central YMCA/CYQ and Active IQ certified personal trainer courses) tackled 7 fitness myths that they think need to be debunked, from the most common fitness myths.

Such as the idea that; “gaining weight means you’re fat” to “healthy outside equals healthy inside”.

It’s commonly known that the best way to lose weight is through diet and exercise. Yet, strength training exercises can naturally lead to weight gain, which busts the myth that “if you’re heavy, you’re fat”.

A mistake that most dieters make when it boils down to fruit and vegetables, is the believe that fruit keeps you healthy.

Yet, the sugar content in fruit, fructose to be exact is stored in the liver as opposed to muscles, which could lead to negative effects like insulin resistance, elevated blood cholesterol levels and fat gain.

A 2005 study, published in the Nutrition& Metabolism journal, found that “vegetables are a better option because they have fewer calories than fruit and won’t impede on your weight loss goals.”

Myth 1: “If you’re heavy, you’re fat”

It is natural to gain weight once you start training, as training stimulates the body the, build lean muscle to improve your metabolism.

Where does the weight come in? Muscle contains a lot of water and which in turn weighs a lot. Do not be alarmed, it is not unusual to see some weight gain, during this time.

“Inflammation can also be the source of weight gain from working out. It can lead to water retention during the first few weeks of training”.

Keep in mind that, muscle is denser than fat, meaning that the more muscle you have; the heavier you could weigh. Rest assured; you won’t look that way.

Myth 2: “Eating fruit keeps you healthy”

As mentioned above, vegetables do have more calories than fruit, it is much better to fill up on vegetables than fruit as it could hinder your weight loss goals down the line.

Myth 3: “Salt is bad for you”

A mineral, and like all other minerals; it is essential to your health. Never get that vascular look when you excuse?

That is because you’re low on sodium; causing your body to hold onto as much sodium as possible during exercise.

A balanced salt level is vital, it enables your body to stop retaining sodium and assists in your body releasing it better too. Having better levels will help balance your electrolytes as well.

Myth 4: ‘’Organic food is best for weight- loss”

No matter how organic these foods might be, they still contain calories. Yes, they are healthier but in the sense of being pesticide and chemical free.

Yet, overeating is still overeating; even if the products are organic, you can still gain weight.

Myth 5: ‘’Diet soda makes you fat”

They do not contain any nutrients; therefore there are no calories in them. It might cause bloating and some discomfort within your stomach but it will not make you gain weight.

Myth 6: “No- cal products do not cause fat”

Ever heard of the saying “It’s too good to be true”? That age old adage applies here.

These products still contain calories. According to Medical Daily “ In reality, most of these products have up to 5 calories per serving, if you the whole thing, you end up having more than 60 calories”.

Myth 7: Healthy Outside= Healthy Inside

Most people assume that if a person looks healthy on the outside, that they must be healthy inside as well; but they are mistaken.

There are ample diseases and toxins that do not show any physical symptoms.

Which is why you should go for regular check-ups with your doctor, you will never know how healthy you are on the inside; until you go for the correct tests.

I hope this has dispelled some of the common fitness myths you probably believed in.

Sources: Medical Daily, Focus Training

Alice Paulse