Fitness Myths. Part 1.

Fitness Myths. Part 1.

Healthy lifestyle keeps gaining popularity. More and more people are starting to engage in fitness to lose unwanted weight and get in shape. Eager to achieve their goals people tend to fall for different longheld beliefs which aren't always accurate. Let's clarify the most popular fitness myths that can be a trap for anyone.

A detox will reset your system

There is a widely held myth that by the age of 30, our body accumulates a lot of harmful substances that must be eliminated. In fact, no foods can be compared in its purifying properties with the human body.

This fact was proven by scientists. Timothy Caulfield, a professor of health law and policy at the University of Alberta, personally tried out many diets and methods (magnetic therapy, foot baths, tea detoxes, and even trampoline gymnastics) that can allegedly help eliminate toxins. Dr. Caulfield confirmed that detoxification systems have no scientific justification.

Toxicologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, David Juurlink, expressed the same belief that healthy kidneys and liver are most effective at removing toxins and medications from the body.

Cardio for weight loss

Many people believe that intense cardio such as long distance running helps burn calories. Unfortunately, not everyone understands that the force of your body weight on your joints causes the stress. Moreover, our body is able to adapt to the same type of physical activity. Therefore, it is recommended to do a variety of different exercises for effective weight loss.

American scientists conducted an experiment and proved that walking fast is much more effective in helping to fight against excess weight than running.

It's unhealthy to eat after 6 p.m

Having dinner 3 hours before going to bed is essential for our body, even if you didn't engage in any physical activity that day. It's less about what time you're dining, and more about what kind and how much food is on your plate. Avoid choosing too many fatty and sugary foods for dinner. It is more reasonable to keep the ideal proportions during the day: breakfast is 30-35% of the total intake, lunch-40-45%, dinner should be 25%. Basically if you eat more than your estimated norm, it won't make much of a difference whether you have dinner at 6 p.m or later.

Your diet works if numbers on the scale are going down

Don't assume whether you lost weight or not by the total weight of your body. The key thing here is going to be the proportion of fat and muscle. Often people who stuck to a diet and train intensively can gain even more weight after a while. This only indicates that you are gaining muscle mass and losing fat. These factors reflect the way you look and feel much better.

You should eat protein meal right after workout

Protein is being actively synthesized in our body for 48 hours after physical activity. Thus, it isn't necessary to stuff yourself with protein after training, just eat enough protein throughout the day.

You can eat whatever you want as long as you workout

Just a quick reminder that weight loss is possible only if you eat in calorie deficit. You can't lose weight exercising only.

These aren't all the fitness myths we wanted to share with you. Continue reading in the next article.

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