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Irrational Fears About Fitness And Weight Loss

Losing weight can be highly emotional. There’s a great degree of insecurity involved. A lot of irrational fears. Some of these are more common than others, but they are all potentially damaging. Let’s go over five of these irrational fears and eradicate them one by one.

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If I Lift Too Heavy I Will Get Bulky

This is a fear that is common among women. Guys usually have no problem gaining muscle mass. It is often high on their goal list. Women, on the other hand, usually want to get a feminine figure — firm and toned, but not bulky.

The fear of getting bulky by lifting too heavy is vastly exaggerated. For men, as I said, it is not a problem. For women, it is highly unlikely to ever become one. Most women do not have the genetic makeup to produce a big muscle growth. They will find it very hard, nigh on impossible, to get bulky as men do. Most of them cannot get bulky at all. I will say something more: getting bulky doesn’t happen all at once. It takes time. It’s a gradual process. You can see it happening (it likely won’t) and stop it. Do not fear this. It’s perfectly fine to lift heavy. It’s also very effective for fat loss.

If I Eat Late At Night I Will Gain Weight

Eating at nighttime is linked to weight gain because it is often a symptom of emotional eating. Many people who tend to eat at night, often in the wee hours of the morning, also tend to consume a lot of food during these episodes. However, for people who do not over eat, there is no harm in eating at night. Calories are calories and, for the most part, it is quantity that matters, not the time of the meal. If you don’t eat too many calories, you won’t gain weight.

That being said, eating at night may be detrimental to weight loss when it disrupts your sleep or lowers its quality. Sleep is very important for weight loss. If eating at night makes it harder for you to sleep, you should avoid it.

If I Do Too Much Cardio I Will Lose Muscle

This fear owes its origin to bodybuilding websites, magazines, and books which recommend that bodybuilders refrain from doing a lot of cardio. The reasoning is that doing too much cardio may inhibit muscle growth. This is due to the fact that you need a big calorie surplus to build lots of muscle mass and doing cardio burns a lot of calories without promoting real muscle growth. So, there is some merit in this fear, but most people shouldn’t worry about it.

Unless you want to build lots of muscle mass or you’re doing a heck of a lot of cardio, you shouldn’t worry about it. You can always tweak your diet or your workout routine if you feel that you’re losing muscle or not gaining it fast enough.

If I Eat Fat I Will Gain Fat

This is one of those tips that needs to go away. Right now, if possible. Fat is a nutrient that you absolutely need. You must have it to be healthy. If you eat the right kind of fat, the one that comes from fish, nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, and other healthy sources, you will still be able to burn body fat quite easily.

If I Lose Weight I Will Only Gain It Back

It’s true that many people who lose weight end up getting it back. It’s sad, but it’s a fact. However, you don’t have to be one of those people. Even if you failed to maintain your weight loss in the past, it is always possible to succeed on the next try.

What’s troubling about this fear is how paralyzing it is. If you succumb to it you won’t even bother trying to lose weight. You’ll just never give it a good, solid try. You can’t lose weight without being exposed to the risk of gaining it back, but, if you do things right, this shouldn’t happen to you.

Don’t let irrational fears keep you from your goals. Most of the time, fear is just an excuse to never even try. Give it your all and you shall succeed.

Date published: February 21, 2013. Last modified: February 21, 2013


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