7 Diet Lies That You Believe Are True!
Don’t eat after 7:00pm, fat makes you fat, eliminate carbs, eat like a caveman, lifting weights make you look like a man, bench press makes boobs disappear, sit-ups create abs. I’m sure you’ve probably heard at least one of these golden rules of dieting and training. Are they true? These are 7 Diet Lies.
Don’t Eat After 7:00pm, It Will Turn To FAT:
This is one of my favorite diet lies. Your body burns calories 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some people stay awake during different parts of the day depending on work/school schedule. There isn’t a special time that you must stop eating to prevent fat from forming. It is all about Calories in vs. Calories out.
Eating Fat Makes You FAT:
It is really unfortunate that we call the macro fat, Fat. Eating fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat or skinny. Your body needs fats to survive. The macro calorie “fat” is full of healthy and unhealthy fats that include: trans (bad), saturated (sometimes bad), fish oil (good), olive oils (good), nuts (great), and others.
Weight is dependent upon calories in vs. calories out.
Carbs are Bad for You!:
News Flash: Carbohydrates are not bad for you. Too many carbohydrates are bad for you. Many people like to use no carb, or low carb diets to lose weight. These diets can be effective in losing weight but are not for everyone. These diets work because carbohydrates are easy to recognize and easy to stay away from. Carbohydrates are your bodies chief source of energy. I do like to eat carbs around certain activities. I will eat a carb heavy meal before and after I workout, and try to stay low carb the rest of the day.
The key is understanding the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are sugars that burn fast in the body. These spike blood sugar and cause insulin to dump into your system. This insulin dump causes fat accumulation. Complex carbs burn slower and don’t spike blood sugar like simple carbs do. Stick to complex carbs except post workout. I suggest post workout taking advantage of the Post Workout Stack from 1st Phorm!
Paleo Diet, Eat Like a Caveman:
This diet confuses me more than anything. Want to know the average life span of a caveman? Between 30-40 years of age. Why would you want to eat like a caveman? Paleo eliminates a ton of quality foods that are good for you. I’m not saying it isn’t good for you, but I’d pick another diet.
Women Shouldn’t Life Weights, They Will Look Like A Guy:
Testosterone makes women look like men, not heavy weights. Women can lift heavy weights and not be concerned with growing beards, getting 20 inch guns, or eating like a tyrannosaurus rex. Lifting weights can make your clothes fit better, and make you feel better about yourself. This leads me to…
Bench Press Will Make My Boobs Go Away:
Sigh… Bench Press by itself will not make your boobs go away. Anatomy lesson: What are boobs made of? Answer: Fat, Milk Carrying ducts, lymph-nodes, and other stuff to help with the production of milk. Boobs actually have no muscle. They do though sit on top of the Pectoral Muscles. If the muscles under your boobs get bigger, what does that mean? It means that your boobs will get bigger. But wait, my friend lifted weights and she lost her boobs! This is because she was burning more calories than your body needs. If your body is in a negative calorie situation it will burn fat. Boobs are made of fat. Boobs will go down if dieting.
Sit-ups Make You Have ABS:
Your abs are a lining of muscle that protects vital organs. Most people have fat over top of them that keeps them hidden. If you want your abs to show, you need to lose the fat underneath them. Unfortunately spot reduction fat loss doesn’t work. Doing sit ups can actually make your stomach bigger by growing the muscles and not diminishing the fat. Remember that 6 packs are made in the kitchen and through proper exercising.
There are a lot of misinformation on dieting and training on the internet. When in doubt feel free to email me: email@example.com and I will give you my honest opinion.
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Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist