Fitness Advice, Fact or Fiction?

Anyone in the fitness industry or into fitness will know that there are so many contradictions that go around, for everything one trainer tells you another will tell you something totally different.

At the beginning of my fitness journey I hadn’t a clue about so many things, I am still learning new things everyday even after my studies which is the way it should be.

There is a science to fitness and new theories, studies and evidence comes out every week in regards to training techniques and nutrition  and not everybody who promotes fitness keeps up on this.

This is where I think Fitness Fiction comes into it, oh you heard a trainer say something 2 years ago? share that advice! actually no don’t check on it first, things change.

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It’s very important that you always do your own research and work with qualified trainers who have a passion for fitness, there was a fitness online course for 100 euro on a deal website 10 hours and you got some sort of fitness certificate, stay clear of this not everyone in the fitness industry is passionate enough to really help you.

Make sure you find the right trainer for you that know’s their stuff!

Sooooo moving on, this post today is about some of the many Fitness Fictions that we get caught up on when training, so what are they?

Fat Free is Better
Since when is the fat-free label a good thing!?
I’ve always believed that when fat is removed from a product, it gets replaced by fillers, sugars and preservatives.
When you’re in the dairy section choosing milk, are you under the impression that skim milk is a healthier choice?
Even though skim milk may be low in fat, most of the time, that fat is replaced by a whole lot of sugar!
All that sugar (unless used as energy soon after) will convert into fat in the end and you’re better off opting for full-cream milk.
This applies to so many ‘fat-free’ foods, and the healthy choice would be to read the labels of foods you plan to buy.
If something is labelled as low in fat, make sure it’s not overly high in sugar or sodium to compensate.

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Ass To The Grass Squats
Personally, I have always found squatting below parallel more effective.
Squatting below that 90 degree angle enables you to have greater muscle recruitment through your hamstrings, glutes and quads.
In saying that, it can be just as effective for a person to squat to just parallel if it’s more comfortable for them.
A lot of people are prone to injuries, especially in their knees when performing below parallel squats.
My advice when it comes to this myth is to test the theory for yourself and see what works better for you.
If your knees blow out easily, or you’re hesitant to go down that deep and parallel squats work for you, stick to them!
And if below parallel squats come naturally to you, squat away!

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The best way to lose weight is to drastically cut calories.

Our bodies are a lot smarter than we give them credit for, when we eat too little, our body believes that it’s starving so our metabolism slows down and holds onto fat as a potential energy source, known as starvation mode. The next meal you eat your body will store it as fat immediately as it is not sure when the next meal will come, this is why people who skip meals and cut out meals actually don’t see the drastic weight loss that they were hoping for. A much better idea is to eat more often but eat smaller meals.

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Fasted Cardio Only Burns That Dreaded Fat 

You’ve probably heard that working out without food (fasted cardio is my favorite BTW) forces your body to tap into fat reserves to work, but this is far from true. When working out on an empty stomach your body needs glucose in order to ignite your fat burning power engines. If you work out on an empty stomach and don’t have enough glucose in your body your body will start burining into your muscle (gasp, oh no not my gainssssss) so it’s important to take the correct supplements before working out especially if it’s fasted cardio unless you want to lose those gains

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