From losing weight quickly by cutting out all carbs to strictly doing sit-ups for a six pack, we are constantly bombarded with quick-fix promises to achieve our dream body.
But former The Biggest Loser trainer Tiffiny Hall has debunked the most common fitness diet and fitness myths most of us have come across.
The Australian mother knows all too well what works and what doesn’t after she shed an impressive 25kg following the birth of her baby boy Arnold.
Speaking to Women’s Health, the celebrity personal trainer breaks through the information overload.
Former The Biggest Loser personal trainer Tiffiny Hall has debunked the most common diet and fitness myths
The Australian mother knows all too well what works and what doesn’t after she shed an impressive 25kg following the birth of her baby boy Arnold
You can spot-reduce specific parts of your body
Hall explained eliminating fat from target areas was impossible.
‘If your goal is to tone up your tummy you need to understand that you cannot spot- reduce fat from around your abs and you need to work towards overall fat loss.
No matter how many sit ups you do in a day, the workout will not bring you any closer to getting flat abs.
Hall said if your goal is to lose weight or tone up, you need to understand that you can’t spot reduce fat around around your stomach.
She explained you would need to work towards your overall fat loss through a mix of exercises and adapting to healthy eating habits.
Eating fat makes you fat
It seems to make sense that eating fat would make you fat but Hall said does not make you fat unless you are consuming the bad fats such as processed foods.
She explained eating healthy fats such as salmon, avocados, eggs, nuts and olive oil wards off cravings and suppresses your appetite so you feel fuller for longer.
Hall explained eating healthy fats such as salmon, avocados, eggs, nuts and olive oil wards off cravings and suppresses your appetite so you feel fuller for longer
Crunches and sit-ups have long been held up as the essential workout for getting a six pack – but Hall said you can’t just do one specific exercise to obtain your best results
Sit-ups are the foolproof way to get rock-hard abs
Crunches and sit ups have long been held up as the essential workout for getting a six pack.
But Hall said you can’t just do one specific exercise to obtain your best results.
‘Sit ups and crunches strengthen just a few muscle but you need to challenge and engage all of the muscles to achieve your six pack,’ she said.
She explained balancing out your fitness regime with progressive resistance training and weights will help give you results.
Weights will make women bulky
Some women have been put off by the common misconception that lifting weights can make them bulky.
But Hall said strength training actually helps women develop leaner and stronger physique – not necessarily bigger.
By doing weights and eating healthy, you’ll get tone muscles and lose body fat.
Squats are bad for your knees
Hall said squats performed correctly can actually be good for your knees because you’re activating muscles around them to support your joints.
To perform a perfect squat, position your feet slightly wider than your hips, knees directly over ankles and keep your head and chest facing forward.
Bend deeply from the knees and try to stay on your heels.
The young mother has been documenting her workout and baby time on social media
She explained sports bras are designed to reduce movements when we are working out – and wearing a normal bra can ‘promote saggy’ breasts
Working out in a regular bra is fine
Hall said exercising with a regular bra on can cause serious damage to your breasts.
She explained sports bras are designed to reduce movements when we are working out – and wearing a normal bra can ‘promote saggy’ breasts.
‘Breasts have no muscles and without the proper support they’ll be causing you more pain than good,’ she said.
According to health experts, issues caused by not wearing a fitting sports bra includes sagging breasts, damage to breast tissue and severe pain and aching.
I can eat whatever I want
Hall said far too often, people assume they can just treat themselves to a pizza every time they do a gruelling workout – but this is not ideal.
Many people have long be told the key to losing weight was following the 80/20 rule – 80 per cent in the kitchen and 20 per cent in the gym.
Hall explained the concept is a lifestyle change where you focus on eating clean and making smart food choices but you also have the freedom to indulge sometimes.