Happy New Year!
If you’re ringing in the new year with a fitness or health goal, you’re not alone. About 95% of all New Year’s Resolutions are fitness or health related, so January is all about hitting the gym and developing healthy habits. It can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction when trying to support your health, since there is so much information out there. We’re here to help! We want to discuss five popular fitness myths.
Not all carbs and fats are created equally, and you still need complex carbs and healthy fats in moderation to sustain your energy and support vital body functions. Without them, your body may resort to using protein and muscles stores, instead. Two pieces of wheat toast with butter or avocado is a great way to get your carbs and fats (much better than two doughnuts and a tall Frappuccino). Just keep all your food groups in moderation.
Many people, especially women, may try to avoid eating protein or lifting weights so they don’t “bulk up.” Protein is vital, however, for more than just muscle mass. Protein is in your bones, cartilage, skin, hair, and nails. Your body also uses protein to repair tissue, and protein can keep you fuller longer. Plus, building muscle through strength exercise, like weightlifting, can strengthen your bones, help with weight loss, and improve your body composition. So, pick up a set of weights a couple times a week; your body will thank you.1
Exercise can certainly help you lose weight, but it’s only a small part of the wight loss equation. Your weight is determined 20% by exercise and 80% by what you eat. How much you run your body’s engine isn’t as important as what you put in it. If you want to change your weight, change what you put in your body. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Of course, exercise is still important. Exercise supports a healthy heart, can keep your stress levels low, and helps build muscle and burn calories. If you’re only paying attention to your exercise, though, and not your eating habits, you won’t see nearly as much progress.
This myth has some basis, since a calorie deficit (more calories expended than calories eaten) will generally lead to weight loss. Intermittent fasting can also be an effective way to lose weight, after you consult with your doctor. However, starving yourself or frequently going without food for 24 hours or longer is not a sustainable way to lose weight. Your body may go into “starvation mode” and hold on to more calories in an effort to preserve energy, since your body is built to survive. If you’re planning to lose weight and keep those pounds off, do it in a way you can keep up long term!
Supplements can support your well-being and body transformation! Even the most dedicated fitness or health enthusiasts need a bit of help every now and then. Getting the perfect amount of nutrients to support your health and fitness goals from diet alone can be challenging. Using supplements alongside a healthy diet is a great way to ensure you are meeting your daily nutrient requirements. Always check with a healthcare professional before starting a new supplement regimen to avoid potential adverse health effects.
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References** 1. https://www.cnet.com/health/fitness/does-lifting-weights-make-women-bulky/
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