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Diet and Exercise Myths

There are many diet and exercise myths and here I try to clear up a few of them for you.

Food and fitness trends come and go, and it’s far too easy to get confused by the ever-changing conventional wisdom. Read on to see if you’re still holding onto outdated beliefs about your meals and exercise routine:

Myth: Drink Diet Soda to Lose Weight

No calories = go crazy, right? It turns out diet soda isn’t a calorie-conscious consumer’s best friend. Experts believe that drinking sweet diet soda makes your body crave even more sugary tastes, which leads you to overeat. Switch to water flavored with a splash of lemon or lime instead. Or better still just plain water. If you need extra hydration then add some Higher Nature Hydrate which is available in the Club.

Myth: Exercise Makes You Tired

Sure, you’re going to be beat after you compete in a half marathon, but “exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores,” says the Mayo Clinic. It is why I often tell new members that one of the first benefits they will feel is extra energy.

Myth: A Calorie is a Calorie

It doesn’t matter if you’re digging into a salad or a sundae if they are of equal calories, right? Wrong! Eating too many refined carbs can slow your metabolic rate, so you’ll burn less calories than your protein- and healthy-fat-eating buddy. Keep an eye on the sugar and carbs and be sure to work enough protein and fat into your diet for optimal results.

Myth: You Have To Work Out Hard To Reap Health Benefits

Many people have a “why bother?” attitude if they aren’t able to carve out a large chunk of time to do their workout, but even a quick walk or a few minutes of cardio can have major health and mood benefits. Every little bit helps, so go ahead and grab that quick stroll around the hallways or up and down the stairs.

Myth: Avoid Eggs For Heart Health

Poor eggs got a bad rap for a while there, but there’s no reason for healthy individuals to shun them anymore. Eating up to one egg a day won’t increase your risk of heart disease. If you’re diabetic or have heart disease, however, the rules are different, with experts suggesting you stick to three eggs a week or less.

Myth: Stretch Before You Workout

Nope, says fitness pros. The old-school theory of stretching before exercising to avoid injury isn’t scientifically sound, and provides no protective benefits to your muscles. Instead, focus on warming up your whole body, and switch your stretching to the end of your gym time.

Myth: Gluten Is Your Enemy

If you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, even trace amounts of gluten (the proteins found in wheat, barley and rye) can make you sick, and you should steer clear. If you’re skipping gluten though because you think it’s inherently bad for you, think again. Sure, lay off too many refined carbs (like sugary cereals, white breads and pastas, all of which contain gluten) and fill up on nuts, legumes and other healthy gluten-free foods; there’s no reason though to avoid gluten unless you’re told to do so by a medical professional.

rich leggI joined Yeovil Personal Fitness Club to gain a high level of fitness and health. The team give constant encouragement and advice keeping me motivated. Images is now an important part of my life.
Rich Legg