How many times have you been told a ‘fact’ about fitness and thought hang on a minute, that’s not right or even worse believed one (if you answer no to the last one, you are lying!) We’ve all fallen victim one way or another. Some of these false facts are more comical than others and some very serious. Below you will find a list of my top 5 False Fitness Facts.
1) I’m just working abs because I need to loose weight there.
The falsity in this statement: YOU CAN’T SPOT PICK FAT LOSS.
Targeted fat loss is a myth. The fat contained in fat cells (Triglycerides) cannot be accessed by the muscles as a direct source of fuel. It must be broken down into Glycerol and free fatty acids by the appropriate form of Cardio. In this form, it can enter the blood stream and thus be used as a source of energy. The result of this process is that the broken down fatty acids could have come from anywhere in the body, not neccesarily from the desired target area. It is essential to weight train to aid in muscle growth and prevent potentially looking flat and saggy once the intended weight is lost.
2) I can eat what I want because I’m bulking.
The falsity here: THIS GUARANTEES FAT GAIN NOT MUSCLE MASS
As we are all aware, there is an ongoing debate concerning clean bulks and dirty bulks. A clean bulk involves a macro controlled, 500 calorie surplus everyday. A dirty bulk involves an uncontrolled calorie surplus. Doing a dirty bulk is a sure fire way of increasing weight quickly and it is accepted that there will be a substantially higher increase in fat with this method than with a clean bulk; a compromise for the slower gains made on a clean bulk. However, the body is limited in the amount of muscle mass that can be created in specified amounts of time. Ergo the belief of more food equals more muscle mass is scientifically incorrect.
3) I lift weights but I only hit certain muscles so I don’t look masculine.
The falsity: WEIGHT LIFTING DOESN’T MAKE YOU LOOK MASCULINE.
Proportion is key in every element of aesthetics. When it comes to weight lifting it is important to ensure every muscle is worked, even if just for health and strength reasons. We have all been witness to the guy that skips leg day with the aim of making his upper body appear bigger when it actually just looks ridiculously disproportionate (enter Jonny Bravo). Moreover, training all muscle groups appropriately is more likely to have the opposite effect. Weight training results in a change in body shape, more definition and alters the way light is reflected off of us creating more flattering shadows and highlights.
This false fact is one I personally fell victim too. My back muscles grow quicker than anywhere in my body, I guess it’s due to the fact that I don’t store too much fat there, so they appear more defined than anywhere else. Anyway this resulted in me not wanting to train the muscles for fear of looking too manly. Recently however,nI have discovered that to be quite the contrary; building of the Lat’s aids in creating the illusion of a smaller waist line, one of the most sought after goals of many women including myself. Ironic eh!
4) I really want to loose weight so I’m not eating any carbs, that’s what the supermodels do.
The falseness in this statement: WHERE TO BEGIN?!
Surprisingly, this is a statement I have heard hundreds of times. First and foremost, supermodels diets are renowned for being extremely unhealthy, I read somewhere that some models eat cotton wool to stop hunger pains but not gain any weight. Plus the majority of them look almost skeletal. Is this really where to take health, fitness and diet advice from?! Anyway I digress. In the fitness industry there is a very popular technique referred to as carb depleting or carb cycling. In no way do these methods completely irradiate the macro nutrient from diets. In fact, no macronutrients is banished in its entirety from any diet (unless for medical reasons) as the body has a need for each one. Completely removing carbs from diet in unhealthy and defeats the object, particularly as this is not sustainable in the long run and will adversely affect results achieved.
5) Protein is protein.
The falsity: THIS STATEMENT IS ABOUT AS CORRECT AS SAYING FOUNDATION IS FOUNDATION (or to put that into perspective for the fella’s out there well, actually I can’t think of a way to put it into perspective for you .. maybe .. hair gel is hair gel?)
To begin with there are many different sources of protein – Soy, Milk, Whey, and Meat to name a few. They all have different properties. There are many debates concerning protein sources which I will blog about at a later date. When we look to protein powders, there are so many different types on the shop shelves with prices at both ends of the scale. This is because they contain different ingredients, or don’t contain certain ingredients as the case may be. Very often you will find that some of the cheaper or better tasting powders are made using rather excessive amounts of sugar. Some proteins are higher in calories as they are intended for bulking purposes and some contain less calories due to their dieting purposes.