“Don’t eat eggs they are bad news for your cholesterol levels.”
That myth has been busted…. “In fact, studies show that the number of whole eggs consumed each week has very little influence on blood cholesterol profiles.” (1)
Yet GPs are still handing out information that recommends avoiding eggs if you have had a high “bad” cholesterol reading.
“I can’t eat cold chicken”
Why not? It’s bad, you might get food poisoning. That’s only if the chicken has been undercooked in the first place. That’s when you are at a risk of salmonella poisoning!
“Muscle turns into fat”
Muscle is muscle and fat is fat. They are made up of very different types of cells that have complete different functions. Just so happens when someone who has been a body builder and increased their overall muscle size and they STOP training, they start to lose their muscle (it’s called atrophying – it happens to US all from the age of 30-35) and if they eat lots of food, then they gain body fat.
But the good news is that if you start training (again) you’d increase muscle and decrease fat.
“Weight lifting bulks you up”
Eating too much junk food bulks you up! 1kg of body fat takes up approximately 50% MORE space than 1kg of muscle. AND 1kg of muscle burns approx 13 cals per day – fat a paltry 4.5 cals/kg.
“Coffee is BAD! Stop drinking coffee if you want to improve your health”
Coffee DOESN’T promote dehydration. (2)
Coffee reduces pain during tough workouts. (2)
Coffee has beneficial effects on insulin metabolism (2)
Coffee boosts fat metabolism. (2)
“Too much protein, especially Whey Protein, causes kidney problems”
Not drinking enough water, high blood pressure, diabetes, or insulin resistance are the factors that are more likely to affect renal function! (3)
Eat more protein, eat plenty of it. It will help you recover and improve body composition. (4)
Not only does whey protein NOT cause kidney problems but it actually helps promote strong immunity. Ever wondered why you get sick after you’ve ramped up your training intensity and what you can do about it? (5)
So much false and misleading information circulates the fitness industry.
I even heard that a trainer was telling their clients to avoid Whey protein because it ends up going “off” in your gut. That trainers basis for that claim? How a shaker bottle smells after a day or two of not being washed. That trainer clearly forgot about the human body’s digestive system; protein digestion begins in the stomach and then in the small intenstine where enzymes form the pancreas as well as the brush border of the small intestine facilitate further breakdown of amino aavis into completely absorbable forms. So unless a shaker bottle has a pocket with hydrochloric acid and another with enzymes hidden away that is released unbeknownst to us…….
Many of these myths I believed when I first became a personal trainer…. They must be true, otherwise why would we be told. And to change people’s minds about myths, when they have had years of beliving in them, well some battles are left unfought.
I was worried about incorporating whey into my diet, I was worried about using other training supplements like creatine and beta analine. Why? Because I was of the mindset that those things were harmful.
After all I’ve put my body through over the years – with overtraining, binge drinking, starving, binge/purging, I am VERY careful about what I ingest. I am NOT going to be recommending anything that I do not eat/drink myself and I am NOT going to be recommending anything that is going to put anyone at risk.
No broscience articles. No snakeoil salesmen references. Just cold hard science based, research proven FACTS.