I’m driving north-bound right now for the 4th of July weekend to see friends and family and hopefully have a lot of fun. While I’m gone I’ve got a couple fun posts to keep you entertained. But no worries, I’ll be back before you know it!
Have you ever heard of the Cut The Fat Podcast? I’ve talked about it here (explaining why I eat meat), here (giving the 6 principles of Fat Loss), and here (8 reasons why we fail at weight loss). Well yesterday I listened to another great one all about “The Good, Bad, and Ugly” of the Atkins diet (very low carb, high protein)…which is, in theory, they way I try to eat (though I eat way more carbs than Atkins ever allowed! I love them so much!)
The thing about Atkins is that it had to be revised over the years. Originally Atkins gave no mention to the types of meats you should eat. Anything and everything was allowed. But today we know that some cuts of meat are healthier than others. And we know that a diet consisting of nothing but bacon, cheese, and eggs is not healthy (at least not without including other things!) The diet has since been revised accordingly, to stipulate the types of meat that are best (lean cuts, etc.) and those to stay away from (higher fat meat, meat that’s been cured with sugar, etc.)
Well, it must be Myth-Buster’s day because after listening to the podcast I ran across this article: 10 exercise myths that won’t go away.
10. The cardio machine will tell you how many calories you burn.
False! Although cardio machines give a rough estimation, there is no way for it to be exact, and it typically over-estimates the number of calories burned. At any rate, it should NOT be relied upon!
9. Women who lift weights become bulky.
Are you kidding me? I think most of the people in blog-land know this to be a misnomer. If you’re still unsure, just check out Sable’s blog!
(Source)Yikes! But that’s just not realistic. It’ll never happen simply from lifting weights, alone, and most women couldn’t look like this if they wanted to!!
8. Heart rate monitors let you know how hard you’re working.
This may be a little controversial, because I know a LOT of bloggers who depend on their heart-rate monitors. But, just like the flawed calorie counters on the cardio machines, heart rate monitors aren’t 100% accurate. Your best bet is to rely upon yourself and your own perceived exertion. Your estimate is surprisingly accurate!
7. Your weight is the end all, be all.
This one is really what the Cut-the-fat podcast is all about! Everyone says they want to loose weight…but is it really weight you want to loose? Or do you really want to loose the FAT and have a more toned physique? These two things are very different! You may be improving your overall fitness, and even gain a pound or two! You shouldn’t be solely relying upon the scale to measure progress!
6. Low-intensity is the best way to burn fat.
I think a lot of bloggers know the importance of interval training! Though low-intensity exercise definitely has its place, it should not be relied upon for fat loss!
5. Protein shakes are perfect for post-workout snacks.
Protein shakes (unless they’re homemade) are going to contain lots of artificial and processes crap in them. Also, they’re basically a meal-replacement, but many people use them as “snacks.” Beware of the added calories!
4. Spot-training is perfect for toning particular problem areas.
Although it might be nice to just do 1000 sit ups and suddenly have rock-hard abs, that’s not the way fitness works. You have to focus on the whole body, not just a single area, to see real, lasting results!
3. If I exercise 30-45 minutes a day, I can eat whatever I want.
Yikes! Hopefully no one thinks this is true! But, you may be unaware of just HOW MUCH what you eat plays into how you look. You could exercise 2 hours a day and if you eat junk food, you are still going to look….un-fit??? Is that a word? The point is, it is very important what you put into your mouth…no matter how much exercise you do.
2. No pain, no gain.
You have to be aware of the difference between normal exercise discomfort and real pain. See Caitlin’s tips about telling whether the pain you are feeling is normal or not.
1. Stretching prevents injuries.
This is the biggest myth that I continued to believe until just within the past year or so! Studies are increasingly reporting no effect of stretching on preventing injury. Instead, it seems like static stretching could actually even cause an injury. Now research is suggesting that its best to engage in dynamic stretching prior to exercise (swinging arms in circles, jogging with high knees etc)., and to leave the static stretching for post-exercise relief.
Have you been “fooled” into believing any of these workout myths?
What are your thoughts of low carb/high protein diets?