Save Me The Word Salad, Please
I really don’t mind magazines or web sites trying to help motivate people to exercise or lose weight. Heck, that’s what I’m doing. But I think it’s a disservice to announce that “this workout is going to melt fat and rev up your metabolism.” The workout on Fitnessmagazine.com goes like this:
“Our supersculpting workout helps you sizzle mega calories even while you sleep. (Yes, it’s scientifically proven.)” — Fitnessmagazine.com
What this sentence suggests is that if you do the strength training workout on their web site slideshow you’ll build enough muscle to increase your metabolic rate. I did look at the slideshow and the girl is doing some basic moves using what appears to be five pound weights. I’m pretty sure there is no “mega calorie burn” going on during sleep after this workout. Besides, how many calories need to be burned to be considered ‘mega’?
So why do these claims bug me so much? If they help motivate someone to do the exercises, isn’t it worth it?
What it really does is set people up for failure. Articles that make claims that are not true trick people, desperate to find the secret to quick and easy weight loss, into thinking this stuff works. In the end it does them more harm than good. When the mega calorie burn doesn’t take place, they’ll be discouraged, disappointed and feel even more hopeless about achieving the perfect 10.
This particular article in Fitness Magazine uses phrases like, “most flab-melting routine ever,” “lab-tested toners”, no sweaty cardio”, “torch a third more calories each minute”. Pa-lease! There is just no real scientific proof to any of that.
Tons of research has been done on how many more calories a pound of muscle burns compared to a pound of fat and the scientist haven’t been able to prove just exactly how much it is. This particular workout is definitely not going to build muscle mass that will “torch calories while you sleep”. (By the way, what is lab-tested toners? )
This business of building muscle to boost metabolism is hard work and requires some serious lifting time in the gym. It takes a commitment that includes both weight lifting and cardio workouts, along with a low-fat, high-protein diet regime.
Let’s stop trying to kid people into thinking it is going to be quick and easy. This would be no different than writing an article that says, “follow this plan and you’ll be able to run a marathon in three weeks.” Everybody knows that’s not true.
The exercises in the slideshow are absolutely fine and, if done on a regular basis for several weeks, will increase muscle tone and definition. I wish the article would say something like that and do away with the far-fetched word salad.