The #1 fitness myth people need to stop believing?

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Nutritionist, CPT, Speaker, Author, Kinesiologist, and genetics pioneer, our host Jenn “JZ” Zerling is a true wellness “jack of all trades.”

But the thing she loves most is weeding out the harmful from the helpful. Below JZ breaks down her pick for the #1 fitness myth people need to stop believing.

JZ: Gosh! There are so many myths in the fitness industry but if I had to choose the top myth to debunk, it is to stop telling people that muscle weighs more than fat (and that the more muscle a person puts on the higher their metabolism will be).

It is such a disservice to the general population of people struggling to lose weight. 

These same people frequent the gym but fail to lose ample weight and are told by their trainer that the reason why they haven't lost weight is because the fat they've lost is replaced by muscle.

This couldn't be further from the truth!!!!! 

The average amount of muscle gain cannot be more (that is without synthetics) than 3-8 pounds of muscle, and that is over a minimum of 6 months to a year of the correct training methodology. Even that might not be the true amount of gains. (Even if one wanted to argue the point, everyone needs to know that for every pound of muscle you gain, you only burn an additional 50 calories at rest.)  

So let's do the math; if you gain 5 lbs of muscle, then a 250 calorie increase in your resting metabolic rate (RMR) isn't going to warrant a diet that is still in caloric abundance relative to what you burn. 

What the industry needs to teach the general population is that we all need to move more, sit less, participate in a regular exercise program most days of the week AND master our nutrition, fluid intake, sleep and most importantly, the way we manage ourselves within stressful events.

The gym is only part of how our bodies respond to optimal healthy aging. And to top it all off, each and every one of us comes from different genetics too! Already, this answer has more complexities to it than one can even imagine.

So, if a trainer or someone you hear at the gym or in your office tries to simplify the complexities of the human body, do yourself a favor and reach out to the real experts to learn the facts. 

- JZ

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