You can’t believe everything you see on the Internet, even from people who seem like exercise experts on TikTok. We now know that a lot of things people used to believe about fitness aren’t actually true because exercise science evolves over time. Unfortunately, there are a lot of videos on TikTok that promote fitness myths and these are some you shouldn’t fall for.
- Ab exercises won’t slim your gut- No matter how many core exercises you do, they won’t reduce the fat on top of the muscles, despite what userJanny14906says in her dance videos. The exercises might build up ab muscles, but only a calorie deficit will reduce fat and it’ll happen all over your body, not in specific places.
- “Tone and tighten” isn’t a thing- In onevideo, a TikToker says you can’t target fat loss, which is totally correct, but she loses credibility by saying her workout will help you “lose your belly pooch” and that you can “tighten and tone” an area. Even if you call it “tightening and toning,” you still can’t spot reduce fat.
- Cardio isn’t strength training- Jumping rope is great for cardio, it’s not strength training, no matter how long you do it. Avideoclaims it “strengthens upper and lower body,” but to get stronger, you need to give your muscles harder and harder work to do, not just more reps of the same thing.
- There’s no magic fat burning supplement you can DIY in your kitchen- Wouldn’t it be great if drinking lemon water or apple cider vinegar could get rid of body fat? It would be easier than working out and eating healthy, but that’s not how it works, despite what a TikToker says inthis video, which claims you’ll burn fat by adjusting your metabolism with chamomile tea, lemon and vinegar.
- Cardio won’t kill your gains- One TikToker claims in hervideothat “excessive cardio” keeps girls from getting “toned,” but the truth is both cardio and strength training are important for helping you reach your goals, as well as just being a healthy human being.