10 Fitness and Weight Loss Myths Trainers Want You to Stop Believing

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Thanks to diet culture, the fitness industry is filled with misinformation about what it takes to be truly healthy. And with many gyms still closed (and some exercisers opting not to use gyms in places where they are open), more people than ever are creating their own workouts, trying virtual fitness classes, and using home workout programs for the first time. But because there are so many conflicting messages out there, it can be difficult to figure out what types of exercise will work for you and deliver the results you’re after.

Ahead, expert trainers outline the biggest fitness myths they encounter with their clients and on social media. Then, they explain the real deal.

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Following is a transcript of the video.

Sean Kuechenmeister: One of the most common myths that I hear is that, if unused, muscle tissue converts into fat. It’s really important to say that muscle tissue has muscle cells and fat tissue has fat cells. They are not interchangeable. By no means is it chemically or physically possible for muscle tissue to convert over to fat and vice versa, fat into muscle.

Narrator: That’s —

Kuechenmeister: Sean Kuechenmeister. I’m a clinical athletic trainer at the New York Sports Science Lab in Staten Island, New York.

Narrator: And he’s one of three athletic trainers we brought into our studios.

Janeil Mason: My name’s Janeil Mason.

Andy Stern: My name is Andy Stern.

Narrator: To debunk 17 of the most common exercise myths.

Kuechenmeister: It really depends on your goals. Training fasted in the morning is more conducive to losing fat. Because when

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