Staying fit sounds easy, all you have to do is eat right and exercise. Simple right? Wrong. Often times people take the wrong approach when dieting and exercising. The countless outdated health fads and trends tend to pull people in so many directions that they don’t know right from wrong anymore. One of the root causes of failed fitness goals is the fact that people are simply misinformed about the basics of nutrition and fitness. Well forget what you think you know about being fit, we’re here to debunk 5 common myths regarding a healthy lifestyle.
Myth 1 of 5 – Fat Will Make You Fat
Fat has been criticized as one of the prime culprits of obesity. It makes sense, fat is what makes you fat. Not so fast. With so many grocery products labeled low fat, reduced fat, or non fat you’d believe that the answer to being healthy is eliminating fat. Let me tell you a secret, most of the low fat products are replaced with sugar to offset the bland taste. In reality low or reduced fat does not equal healthy, it just means that you’re getting your calories from a different source other than fat. The truth is that your body needs fat, the good kind at least. Avocados, olive oil, and nuts are healthy fats that will not only nourish your body but also make you feel full in order to avoid over eating.
Advice: Not all fats are bad. Stick to good fats like avocado, nuts, and olive oil.
Myth 2 of 5 – You Should Be Eating Fat Free Foods
By now you should know that fat free food does not equate to healthy food. As mentioned before, products that are labeled fat free tend to replace fat with sugar. Think of soda, juice, beer, or candy when you hear that a product is fat free. The fact that it doesn’t have fat doesn’t make it healthy. Yogurts are another offender of this fat free fad. Be wary of healthy yogurt, you might find yourself thinking you’re being healthy while consuming a calorie dense snack. If you’re gonna go for yogurt stick with greek yogurt, very little sugar there.
Advice: Be wary of fat free products. Fat free does not equal healthy.
Myth 3 of 5 – Exercise Guarantees That You’ll Lose Weight
Exercise is great and comes with many positive side effects. It increases your longevity, gives you a boost of energy, and strengthens your body. If you’re trying to lose weight exercise alone won’t help you do it, after all abs are made in the kitchen. There’s really only one thing people need to know when losing weight, and that is to consume less calories than you burn. CI < CO. Calories In vs. Calories Out. This is the key to shedding those stubborn pounds. The problem is that people don’t track their calories. Do you know how many calories are in your breakfast? Coffee? Or even that one snack you let slide every few hours? Do you know how many calories you should be eating to begin with based on your BMI? Do your homework, measure yourself, become familiar with portions sizes, and to make it easier stick with water whenever you’re thirsty.
Advice: CI < CO. Calories In must be less than Calories Out if you wanna lose weight.
Myth 4 of 5 – Feel The Burn
We often believe that pushing our bodies until we nearly pass out is the right way to exercise. Not exactly. You don’t necessarily need to punish your body in order to be healthy. Often times strenuous activity can result in serious injury risks. Give your body a break, you’ll often times know when to stop because your body will tell you, so listen. If you’re feeling too sore or even notice slight pain it’s a sign that you should stop for the day. Your body will recover and strengthen if you let it rest accordingly, but if you try to push it you’ll begin to strain your muscles which will result in longer recovery times. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. You can achieve the same results by working out consistently 5x a week at your pace as you would if you were pushing your body for half that time.
Advice: Listen to your body when working out, and implement take recovery breaks.
Myth 5 of 5 – Drink At Least 8 Glasses Of Water A Day
Staying hydrated is important, but the amount of water you should consume each day is up to you. Again, this is another instance where you should listen to your body. There is no science the backs up the claim that you should be drinking 8 glasses a day. In fact, there are many marathon runners who avoid drinking too much water because it lowers their sodium levels and puts them at risk of hyponatremia. There’s no need to stress about the amount of water you should be drinking each day just make sure you drink enough water to feel hydrated.