True or False? Many things in life, including fitness “facts”, generally thought to be true are actually different to the way they are described. We put a few to the test and did some investigating. Check out our top 5 list below…
Here are 5 fit buster facts that are backed by evidence:
Exercising before eating breakfast burns more fat
This is indeed true. Many studies have shown that exercise before breakfast increases fat oxidation over a 24hr period. BTW: fat oxidation is just a fancy word scientists use when referring to burning fat (2015, Iwayama, Kurihara, Nabekura et al.)
2. You burn more fat during a high-intensity workout in comparison to a low-intensity workout
False – Studies show that the inverse effect actually takes places when talking about intensities. A lower-medium intensity workout burns more fat than a high-intensity workout. With this being said though, your body will burn fat for longer after a high-intensity workout as your body can resort to burning energy reserves from excess fat to repair your muscles (2015, Iwayama, Kurihara, Nabekura et al.)
3. Lifting heavy weights bulks up women
False – Lifting heavy weights definitely does NOT bulk up women. In fact, it is recommended that women lift weights up to four times a week (2010, Salvatore and Marecek).
4. More sweat = Lower fitness levels
False – Again, the opposite is actually true. Studies show that people with higher fitness levels tend to sweat more than those with lower fitness levels (2017, Davis).
5. Working out speeds up your metabolism
True – Higher intensity workouts are not the no. 1 factor that help speed up your metabolism but it is a contributor (2019, WebMD).
There you have it, your five fit facts busted!
How to Boost Your Metabolism With Exercise. (2019, June 30).
Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/how-to-boost-your-metabolism
Iwayama, K., Kurihara, R., Nabekura, Y., Kawabuchi, R., Park, I., Kobayashi, M., … Tokuyama, K. (2015).
Exercise Increases 24-h Fat Oxidation Only When It Is Performed Before Breakfast.
EBioMedicine, 2(12), 2003–2009. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2015.10.029
Rally Health. (n.d.). Does More Sweat Mean a Better Workout?
Retrieved from https://www.rallyhealth.com/fitness/sweat-mean-better-workout
Salvatore, J., & Marecek, J. (2010).
Gender in the Gym: Evaluation Concerns as Barriers to Women’s Weight Lifting.
Sex Roles, 63(7-8), 556–567. doi: 10.1007/s11199-010-9800-8