Starting a fitness journey is tough already and going into it without knowing anything can be overwhelming. In this modern age, information is readily available. All thanks to the internet. The sad thing about this is not everything found in the world wide web is true. With this growth of information, not all are accurate.
People are easy to believe fitness gurus/experts or health magazine sites. I am not saying those experts do not know what they are talking about. *Maybe some really don’t. 😉 * It’s just sometimes they are outdated – new researches are overturning old beliefs. So, I’m here to help you get the facts straight.
#1 If you are heavy, you are fat
The scale does not really matter. Weight should not be equated to fat. Your body weight is not just made up of fat. Once you get into weight training, then initially you will gain weight. However, you would gain muscle weight which is different from fat. Take note also that muscle is heavier than fat. The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism gets. Then, the more calories burned.
To make my point, Chris Hemsworth and Will Ferrell have the same height. Who do you think is weighs more?
Will Ferrell weighs 84 kg while Chris Hemsworth weighs a freaking 91 kg. This example is enough to make you rethink about relying your fitness gains and weight loss solely on BMI.
#2 The best way to lose weight is go organic/natural/gluten-free.
Yes, I do not deny that they are healthier. They have less chemicals and pesticides that are harmful to the body. But eating way too much of “natural” food is still not healthy. “Organic” food still has calories. Overeating is still overeating.
#3 Carbs are evil
We need carbs especially your brain. Yes, our bodies our ketonic that use fatty acids to build muscles but not our brains. The brain needs glucose to function properly. If you want to gain more muscle, then you need to eat carbs. A no carb diet means you’ll burn only get to burn fat during training. You will not last long for intense workouts. Athletes will need more than protein to sustain energy.
#4 Healthy on the outside = Healthy on the inside
Looks can be deceiving. It does not mean you are ripped all over that your organs are functioning quite well or you don’t have nutritional deficiencies. I find this myth very important to debunk. There are many toxins, diseases and symptoms that are silent. At first, you won’t notice any warning signs but sure enough it might get you. The only best way to know if your organs or bones are healthy is if you do the appropriate tests for it.
#5 If you are not sore, you did not work hard enough
Don’t treat a workout like it’s always a competition because it’s not. Workouts are there to train you and prepare you for a competition. If you didn’t feel sore after hitting a PR doesn’t mean you didn’t do enough, it just means your energy expenditure was just right enough. Measuring your progress with pain is unreliable. It won’t be an accurate judgment of gaining muscle size or improving strength.
#6 Working out using machines are safer – less risk for injury
It may look safe and you may feel it puts your body in the right position. However, studies show that it is only true if it is properly adjusted to your body. We have different body structures and weight – arm’s length, torso width, etc. If a petite person would use the same machine as the tall bulky person in the gym, there would definitely be a major difference. Therefore, safety of both individuals are relative.
#7 The more you exercise, the better
Working out intense everyday will only burn you out. Even athletes need time to recover and so do you! Recovery is an essential part in training as much as the workout itself. Without proper recovery, you are more likely be at risk for injury or health conditions. As I always tell my clients, quality over quantity – that is what matters.
By: Trixia Mae C. Bacani | RockTape Certified Professional. Mulligan Concept Practitioner. Certified Trigger Point Performance Practitioner. Certified Dorn Method Practitioner. Licensed Physiotherapist. Movement Specialist.