As anyone who has seen Liza Dudzik will testify, she is the epitome of fitness. Based in Perth, Australia, it would be fair to say that she has access to all the resources one needs to make it big in the fitness world – but as a foreign person working in the area she has certainly carved out a reputation as being one of the most successful people in the industry.

Due to her experience in the field, she has most certainly heard a lot of information (and misinformation) about fitness. It’s the latter that we are going to concentrate on today, as we take a look at some of the biggest myths that she has come across in relation to healthy lifestyles and active living.

Myth #1 – You have to starve yourself of calories to lose weight

It doesn’t matter if you are based in Perth in Australia, or London in the UK, this is a myth that Liza Dudzik has heard all over the world. In short, many people are under the belief that in order to drop a belt size, you simply must cut calories.

Of course, there’s an element of truth to this. If you are currently eating thousands upon thousands of calories, it’s safe to say that on most occasions this is going to result in monumental weight gain.

However, let’s not forget that some Olympic athletes eat this amount of calories. The difference is that they are “good calories”, and not the type that are seen at fast food restaurants both at home and abroad. Additionally, they happen to burn an immense amount of calories, which offsets matters somewhat.

In short, if you can cut out fat but rely on protein, you can eat more calories. You’ll need this food as well, to fuel your exercise regime. Without it, you will be more inclined to turn to bad foods and ultimately, pile on the pounds.

Myth #2 – You must rely on the scales

If you have just started your weight loss journey, we’re going to bet that one of your biggest resources is the bathroom scales.

However, while these can provide you some of the story, you shouldn’t take the data they return as gospel.

The reason is simple; they just tell you your body weight, not your body fat. Ultimately, you might be in the best shape of your life – but you happen to be significantly heavier. According to Liza Dudzik, this is because muscle weighs more than fat.

The best advice is to turn to something that can measure you fat levels, such as callipers.

Myth #3 – It’s all about cardio

Dudzik says that this is one of the most frustrating fitness myths of all. We’re told from a young age that we need to turn to cardio to lose weight and if you were to look around the streets, both locals and foreign people have been seemingly told the same advice.

While cardio is unquestionably good for you, in terms of weight loss resistance training can result in more benefits. It can increase your metabolism better than ever before and ultimately, allow you to burn calories for hours after your exercise has finished.