Fitness & Nutrition Myths BUSTED

April 1, 2013 in Blog

By Kevin Charles

With a new “breakthrough” study or fitness report in the media every other day, it’s no wonder that people are often confused between what’s fact and fiction when it comes to health tips. You’d think more information would make the world more informed but it often just leaves everyone confused. We thought we’d share some of the more popular myths that we’ve encountered and fill you in on the real facts!

All Carbohydrates Are Bad
While it’s true that studies show low-carb diets are the best way to lose weight, getting rid of all carbohydrates from your diet can be quite dangerous. To begin with, carbohydrates contain a specialized type of energy that is required by your brain to work. So, if you skimp on carbohydrates, your brain functioning starts to slow down. You’ll feel sluggish and moody and let’s face it, nothing is worth that. You can still reduce your carb-intake and lose weight by getting rid of simple carbs such as sugar and replacing “white foods” such as rice, pasta and bread with the whole-wheat variety.

Choose Low Fat Foods
Your body actually needs fat to line your organs and help perform vital functions. When you stop eating fat your body starts to panic and starts storing all the fat it has. Before you know it, you stop losing weight. You should, of course, minimize saturated fats that come from meat but you can replace these with good fats that are found in avocados, nuts and olive oil. And don’t forget to add omega-3 fats and oils to your daily diet as these can actually help you lose weight. Many pre-packaged low-fat foods also have high amounts of sodium or sugar to make up for the lack of taste that comes from removing fat. Always check the label for total calories, fat, sodium and sugar content before making any purchases.

Skip Meals to Lose Weight
How many times have you seen people not eating as a way to lose weight? This is a surefire way to slow your metabolism and stop losing weight. When you don’t eat, your body goes into starvation mode and stores calories (as it does when you eat too little fat). Your metabolism slows and you stop losing weight. On the other hand, your body needs energy to digest food, so eating throughout the day forces your metabolism to work harder and burn calories all day long.

Exercise Is All You Need For Weight-Loss
This isn’t exactly 100% myth but it’s important to note that a lot of people who exercise don’t lose weight. That’s because many people who exercise overeat throughout the day assuming that they have burned more calories in their workout and are thus entitled to eat more. One of our favorite sayings is “you can’t outrun a bad diet.” Out it this way, you’ll typically burn between 300 to 500 calories during an hour-long workout.

Performing Crunches Every Day Will Give You a Six-Pack
Oh dear! How much do we hate to hear this? The truth is if you have any fat covering your stomach crunches alone will not get you to your six-pack goal. Crunches will inevitably strengthen your abdominal muscles, but they’ll still be hidden under layers of fat. The only way to have show-worthy abs is to get rid of your belly fat, and that can only happen by reducing your daily calories through diet and regular exercise.