Myth: You will lose weight if you start going to the gym
- For many, the opposite happens. Some people gain weight when they first start going to the gym. Some people slowly begin to develop more muscle and less fat. Muscle weighs the same as fat, however, it is a lot denser. Therefore, it is possible to not change weight but look a lot trimmer or more toned.
Health and Fitness Testing NZ Tips:
- You do not need to be a gym member to lose weight. The largest contributor to weight loss is what you put in your mouth!
- Exercise does have its place. Regular exercise has multiple benefits including increased fitness, increased mood, decreased health risks etc. The most important thing with exercise is to find a range of exercises, sports, and active hobbies you enjoy. A gym or fitness centre doesn't suit everyone. However, for some it is a great way to be around 'healthy people' and gain access to trainers that can assist you in achieving your goals.
- Don't be discouraged if you don't lose weight quickly. Many leading health organisations would recommend that people don't lose any more than 0.5 -1 kg /week. Even this amount of weight is a lot if you don't have much to lose. Those who lose weight too quickly are unlikely to keep that weight off in the long term. Keep in mind, exercise can improve all sorts of health measures including blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and body shape. Focus on developing good habits and regular exercise days. If you are serious about your long term-health, there is plenty of time to refine everything.
- For many, weight loss is most effective if you use a combination of exercise and good nutrition. Get advice from a qualified nutritionist or dietitian, instead of trying the latest FAD diet that is likely to only be a short-term fix.
Written by: Peter Halstead
MPhty, PGDipSportMed, BSpEx
Health and Fitness Testing NZ