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Weight training makes you look bulky. Undoubtedly, this is the most common myth (and fear) for people, especially women, hoping to lose weight or trim down. First, achieving a ‘bulky’ look is heavily dependent on testosterone, so while a focus on weight training can help men achieve larger muscles it is much harder for women to achieve such a look through weight training alone. Second, achieving a significantly ‘bulky’ look will depend greatly on genetics and the use of synthetic hormones (e.g. steroids).

Lose your belly fat. Honestly, if spot reduction of fat were possible, virtually everyone who wanted one would have a flat tummy. Studies continue to show that targeting a specific area of your body for fat loss is just not possible. When your body loses weight, the weight lost is spread across your entire body.

Sit-ups + crunches = six-pack. No matter how many sit-ups and crunches you do, you may never achieve the alluring six-pack abs. Why? In the end, it simply comes down to the human body – your muscles are encompassed by fat which means that a layer of fat is covering your abdominal muscles and obstructing the view. In order to achieve a visible six-pack, you need to lose the fat surrounding your abdominals.

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