A thing about hype — don’t believe it.
Check out these 30 nutrition/fitness related myths:
1. Muscle cannot turn into fat and vice versa.
2. Sea salt does not have less sodium than table salt.
3. Six smaller meals isn’t necessarily better than 3 bigger meals.
4. Egg whites aren’t necessarily healthier than the whole egg.
5. Whole wheat isn’t a health food.
6. High protein diets won’t strain healthy kidneys.
7. Full fat dairy is not unhealthy.
8. Eating late at night doesn’t automatically make you fat.
9. Extra protein doesn’t magically just build muscle.
10. Added sugar is not always bad for you.
11. Saturated fats aren’t as evil as you think.
12. Kale is not the healthiest green.
13. Diet sodas don’t keep you slim.
14. Foods labeled “natural” are not healthier.
15. Soy is not really a health food.
16. Weight training doesn’t make women bulky.
17. Squats are not bad for your knees.
18. Running won’t really make you fit fast.
19. Working out more will not expedite fat loss.
20. Cardio is not best for losing weight.
21. ‘Go hard or go home’ is not the best approach.
22. Working your abs directly won’t trim your waistline fast.
23. Static stretching or holding poses isn’t the only way to increase flexibility.
24. High reps and light weights won’t tone you.
25. Calorie counters on machines or watches are not always accurate.
26. Low intensity exercise does not burn more fat.
27. Spot reduction exercises won’t spot reduce your fat.
28. Stretching doesn’t prevent injury.
29. Lactic acid doesn’t cause muscle fatigue.
30. You don’t need to shock your muscles to make gains.
Being a victim to nutrition and fitness myths can sabotage your progress. At one time or another we all fall into this category mainly because of some slick marketing pitch. If it sounds too good to be true, deep down you know that it probably is but we bite anyway.
Be sure to master the basics first. If you have a hard time eating healthy foods, don’t worry about supplements.
If you can’t make it to the gym 3 days a week, don’t buy into a 5 day a week gym plan.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with complicated workouts, complicated nutrition plans, counting calories, weighing food or other fine tuned tactics unless you understand the basic elements and are practicing these elements.
Tim Hlivia is a trainer at Leverage Fitness Studio. Need help getting started on fitness? He will be happy to take the time and sit down with you and talk. 570-338-2386.