Here are some of the most common fitness myths we hear! Time to set the story straight! MYTH 1: I CAN SPOT-REDUCE MY PROBLEM AREAS TRUTH: Spot-reduction is not possible unless you go for liposuction. Without such surgery, your body will draw fat from different regions at different rates depending on your genetic makeup. If spot reduction was possible by training and diet, you'd seldom see women with lower-body fat deposits or men with big guts. MYTH 2: MUSCLE DEFINITION COMES FROM LIFTING LIGHT WEIGHT FOR HIGH REPS TRUTH: Leanness and muscle definition come from having muscle mass and low body fat. If you train with light weights only, you just won't build muscle. If you don't have any muscle mass, you won't burn much fat. If you have low body fat coupled with small muscles, you'll have nothing to show off! MYTH 3: YOU CAN'T GAIN MUSCLE AFTER 40 TRUTH: Age does bring wear and tear, but at 40 you're still a training baby unless you've been a competitive professional athlete since you were a teenager. You can gain muscle despite hormonal deficiencies—it just may be a tad harder. If you are over 40, you might want to go check your blood and run some saliva tests to rule out deficiencies. If you're deficient in some hormones, you may want to look into replacement therapy so you aren't at risk for heart disease or osteoporosis. Don't believe it? Just look at Melvin Alston! MYTH 4: THE MORE YOU SWEAT, THE MORE FAT YOU LOSE TRUTH: Sweat has nothing to do with intensity; it's your body's way of getting rid of heat. Fat is oxidized inside your body, and it is not going to vaporize because you're sweating! MYTH 5: THE ONLY WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT IS BY CUTTING OUT ALL CARBS TRUTH: The only way to lose the right amount of weight is by adopting a diet than supports your goal, training with weights, and doing some cardio. Your program should include all of these aspects long enough to see a difference. Diet, weights, and cardio—the holy trinity of fitness!