Achieve your natural body weight by being aware of these myths.Despite their apparent leanness, many active people are still discontent with their body composition. Don't let these myths do you in. All too often, I hear seemingly lean athletes express extreme frustration with their inability to lose undesired bumps and bulges:
- "Am I the only runner who has ever gained weight when training for a marathon?"
- "Why does my husband lose weight when he starts going to the gym and I don't?"
- "For all the exercise I do, I should be pencil-thin. Why can't I simply lose a few pounds?"
Myth 1: You must exercise in order to lose body fatTo lose body fat, you must create a calorie deficit. You can create that deficit by
- exercising, which improves your overall health and fitness, or
- eating fewer calories