Fitness tips and tricks are usually helpful, but some of them float into myth territory — and once they do, you should really start ignoring them.
Here are some of the worst offenders that people still believe and totally shouldn't!
Carbs Are The Enemy
If you want to feel tired and sluggish, cutting out carbs is right for you. If you want to fuel your body properly, you should probably have them — but it's all about timing. Eating carbs in the morning for breakfast or after workouts is the best time, and keep it in moderation.
Losing carbs altogether, which is the body's FIRST go-to source of energy, is just ridiculous!
Only Morning Work Outs Work
How did this one even start? If you're burning calories, you're burning calories!
But, if you insist that there's a best time for you to do it, okay, we'll cave… but it isn't in the morning:
"The American Council on Exercise recommends working out between 4-6 PM when your body temperature is highest making your workouts more productive. But that's not an ironclad rule. Some people can't get motivated in the morning and others are too burned out after work. So pick a time that's right for you."
Use A Weight Belt For Protection
You've seen those hardcore weightlifters at the gym and Home Depot wearing that belt thing, right? It's for protection, right?
Well, no. You only really need one during ridiculous, maximum lifts:
"Don't train with a weight belt, or wear one while performing manual labor. Over time, regular training in a weight belt actually weakens your abdominal and lower-back muscles. Wear it only when attempting maximal lifts in such exercises as squats, deadlifts and overhead presses."
Water Is Terrible Compared To Sports Drinks
We all know that water is healthier than sports drinks. That's not what we're saying here — we're saying that the myth is that sports drinks are better than water for a lot of reasons. Just look at all the "enhanced" water out there!
"Studies have shown water is one of the best tools for weight loss, acting as a great appetite suppressant. When we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Drinking a good amount of water could lower your risk of a heart attack. What sports drink can say that? Being dehydrated can sap your energy levels, even mild dehydration of as little as one to two percent of your body weight."
Extra Protein Builds Muscle
Sure, protein does help rebuild muscle and all of that — but are you hitting the right amount of it or just getting as much as you can?
Extra protein is stored as fat, you guys.
"Protein does have important roles in bodybuilding and maintaining muscles. However, excess amounts of it can be stored as fat. If you want to know how much protein you need for your specific weight, just multiply your weight in pounds by 0.36, or your weight in kilograms by 0.8."
Using as much as your body needs is the maximum of protein's efficiency. Anything more than that does you no good.
There you go, guys! Can we please stop hearing people talk about these myths as truth now?? Ha!
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