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The Most Annoying Diet And Exercise Myths


As someone who has spent a lot of time either researching into health and fitness or doing the workouts in person, I consider myself fairly knowledgeable on the subject. Despite that though I still respect the fact that nothing is ‘set in stone’ as it were when it comes to training because we’re making new discoveries all the time, and obviously what works for one person won’t necessarily work for someone else. Thus I am careful when imparting advice to stress that it’s my opinion and that there are probably alternative methods and views out there; which is why it really gets my goat when I overhear someone spouting complete nonsense as though it was fact.

Sylvester Stallone

Take yesterday in the gym for instance. I overheard a guy telling his friend in all seriousness that ‘Stallone used to do loads of steroids, that’s why he has that snarl’. Not only is that essentially slander (and against a personal hero of mine no less), but it’s also completely inaccurate and based on a complete lack of understanding when it comes to the role of hormones in muscle development. Stallone has never (openly) used steroids, although he admits to having used growth hormone (controversial still, but very different). Furthermore, steroids would not cause a guy to develop a snarl. It just doesn’t work like that. So why would you act like an expert on the matter and say that it does? To make friends??

While that one got to me personally though, this is a relatively harmless example of the kind of misinformation being spread around freely. The more damaging kind is when someone gives wrong advice to their friends and colleagues and potentially risks doing them injury or at least stifling their progress. Here are some examples of the kind of nonsense people spread daily…

Wine is ‘good for you’

Someone I work with told me this the other day and said that they tried to ‘make sure’ they had a glass of wine a day. Look, wine is high in antioxidants and particularly resveratrol which is great at protecting your cells and fighting cancer and heart disease. And as alcohol is a relaxant that could potentially be beneficial to your heart health as well.

Rosso divino

But it’s still fattening, it’s still alcohol, and it’s certainly not going to make any major changes to your physique. You can get resveratrol from red grapes and warm milk works as a muscle relaxant. Both are much healthier.

Sugar free Coke is okay

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Just because a soda drink doesn’t have any sugar in it doesn’t mean it’s not still harmful in other ways. In this example for instance you’ll be drinking sugar alternatives which can ‘trick’ your body into releasing insulin and thereby leave you feeling lethargic and craving sugar. Best to avoid.

Spirits contain fewer calories

Sauvignon Blanc

This is one that my friends seem to be sure of on a night out. They can drink as much as they like and not get a beer belly because they’re drinking vodka instead. Well unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. Not only are they drinking them mixed with soda drinks – which are much higher in sugar compared with beers (the equivalent of a Cadbury’s Cream Egg if you have a small glass) – but it’s actually the alcohol content itself that’s the most calorific. In other words the beer doesn’t really matter – it’s the percentage that will cause you to gain weight. Simply then: if you’re drunk, you’ve put on a bunch of calories. You may as well drink whatever you like.

You Don’t Need to Hurt Yourself in the Gym

Old Gymnasium

This is a controversial one and I admit that there are a lot of opinions on this matter (you see how I phrased that?), but whatever the case I can certainly knock anyone who claims with certainty that there is no need to hurt your muscles if you want growth. The point is that your muscles only grow in response to causing microtears – tiny tears in your muscle fibres that grow back thicker and stronger. If you don’t have microtears you don’t have growth – and microtears hurt.

Protein shakes are bad for you

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This is something that all my non-bodybuilding friends and relatives seem to believe and I’m often told to ‘stop putting that muck’ in my system and the like. This really winds me up the wrong way because it’s clear that they’ve done no research and yet still seem to think they know better. Protein shakes are generally made from whey, which is an extract of milk. It’s completely natural and it can’t do you any harm – in fact it’s much more natural than many ready meals and chocolate bars out there. So with all respect, please be quiet.

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