1. Muscle turns into fat when you stop working out.
2. Muscle weighs more than fat.
FICTION! Muscle does NOT turn into fat when you stop working out.
Many people believe this myth because they stopped working out and got fatter.
Here’s what really happened. You used to exercise regularly, then one day you stopped. Your lean, metabolism-boosting muscle started diminishing, and as your diet got worse, all the excess calories you consumed got stored as fat. Your fat cells increased in size while your muscle cells decreased. You ended up with curves in all the wrong places and were suddenly wearing jeans three sizes larger. On page 178, you’ll discover how exercise-loving endorphins make you slimmer, happier, and more energetic!
3. Any form of exercise increases your hunger.
FICTION! “Muscle weighs more than fat” is a widely accepted myth.
If you live and die by the scale, it’s no wonder you’re afraid to put on an ounce of lean muscle. Just picture this: A big 1-pound steak and a 1-pound lump of fat. The steak is strong, sleek, and dense. The fat is fluffy and takes up mega-space for the same weight. This is why, when you exercise, you look slimmer and fit into smaller jeans without seeing the numbers on the scale drop. If this visual alone doesn’t help you fall in love with strength training, then the simple, step-by-step workouts in Chapter 5 will!
4. The best time to work out is first thing in the morning.
FICTION! If exercise increases your hunger ... it could be more mental than an actual need for food.
There are plenty of women who kid themselves into thinking, “Well, I just worked out really hard, so I can eat more.” The truth of the matter is, if you eat more calories than you burn off, you will not lose weight. The good news is, the food on the Skinny Jeans plan fills you up so you lose weight and inches without feeling deprived or tired. See Chapter 7 for skinny recipes you’ll love.
5. Exercise will make you look bulky.
FICTION! The best time to work out is when your schedule allows for it.
If you’re a busy professional or mom, the best time for your body might not be first thing in the morning. So exercise when your schedule allows for it and your body will adapt to whichever times you choose. There’s really no ideal time to exercise. Once you get into your new habit of being active, your body will let you know when it wants to work out. Your 6-week workout schedule is completely mapped out for you on page 14 with the "Skinny Jeans Calendar."
FICTION! Exercise will NOT make you look bulky, but a big butt and flabby gut WILL!
Don’t worry — no matter how much weight you lift, you will never get bigger muscles than your boyfriend or husband. Women naturally have lower levels of muscle-building testosterone than men, so we can lift weights just as hard as they do but never get to be their size or strength. The workouts in Six Weeks to Skinny Jeans will help you look thinner and more toned while you burn an amazing number of calories.