The Biggest Lies About Diet and Fitness Fads
It seems like new headlines pop up on a daily basis to warn us about how unhealthy some of our favorite foods and workout routines are. The articles make great clickbait, but are these claims even accurate?
We've combed through the web to debunk some of the most common lies about diet and fitness trends. Achieving a healthy diet and exercise routine is possible, you just have to know the facts, first.
Eggs Cause Heart Disease
One of the more recent studies invading our newsfeeds suggests that eating eggs can increase your risk of heart disease. The new study claims that the cholesterol found in egg yolks elevates heart health risks. They even said it elevates the chances of dying early.
The Bowflex Is An Entire Gym In One Machine.
If you've ever stayed up late watching infomercials, then you've likely seen ads for Bowflex. The Bowflex advertises itself as "the entire gym in one easy-to-use machine". According to their advertising, you can finally cancel your gym membership and get ripped at home with your fancy new Bowflex.
Carbs Should Be Your Biggest Food Source Of The Day
If you ever checked out the base of the old food pyramid, you'd see that bread and grains were the most important food in your daily diet. In fact, the pyramid instructed us to eat carbohydrates in greater quantities than any other food group.
Doing A Lot of Crunches Will Give You Abs
A solid six-pack is a goal for most fitness junkies, but do you know the right way to get them? If you check the web, you’ll find countless stretches, crunches and electric belts that promise results. But there are really just two main things you have to do to get that chiseled look.
Low-Fat Foods Are Good For You
If you're going on a diet, instinctively you think cutting out fats will benefit your fitness journey. Food corporations are very aware of this, and stack grocery aisles with 'low-fat' and 'fat-free’ foods. These fatless foods are meant to help your diet, but beware.
Small Meals Throughout The Day Is The Key To Weight Loss
There are diet trends of all kinds, but this one is pure science fiction. Some have claimed that eating smaller meals throughout the day will send your metabolism into overdrive. That way, you can quickly burn the calories you consume, and digestion will go faster somehow.
Vibrating Shake Weights Will Help Build Muscle And Lose Weight
In 2010, 2 million Shake Weights were sold to folks hoping to tone their arms with its oscillating technology. The inventor raked in a cool 40 million dollars while promising all of us his novelty fitness device worked. Let's be clear: It doesn't.
If You Work Out, You Can Eat Whatever You Want
If you're hitting the gym and going to fitness classes to lose weight, you might think it's ok to snack on whatever you want. It sounds like a solid system: work out a lot so you can eat anything you desire. Sadly, if you're looking to stay in shape, that's not the case.
Avoid Dairy Entirely Because It Doesn’t Have Nutritional Value
An entire generation of children was slammed with advertisements telling them to drink milk. According to the ads, they would gain strong bones and grow real tall if they kept up their daily dairy intake. But then the conversation shifted, and people have been ditching dairy for fear that it's too fatty and has no real nutritional value.
Stretching Before Workouts Prevents Injuries
Before going on a run or kicking your workout into high gear, conventional wisdom suggests you should stretch to avoid injury. But does stretching actually prevent injuries? While stretching does increase your flexibility it actually doesn't decrease your chances of getting injured.
Running and Cardio are Great Fat-Loss Workouts
If you're trying to lose weight, the natural workout choice is to lace up your sneakers and head for the treadmill. Cardio and weight loss appear to go hand in hand, but research shows that simply doing cardio doesn't guarantee major fat loss results.
Fruit Has Too Much Sugar
Eating too much sugar is bad for our health, that's a given. When we learned that high fructose corn syrup was too sweet for our own good, companies decided to cut the additive from some of their products. Here's where things get confusing: Fruits are very sweet, too, so are they also bad for us?
Superhero Celeb Workouts Can Work For You, Too
In almost every Marvel Universe movie, male superheroes are in superhuman shape. And it takes training. Like, a crazy amount of training. The actors that play the parts sometimes gain a crazy amount of muscle in a short period of time. For us mere mortals, this is totally unrealistic.
The Less You Weigh, The Healthier You Are
If you're trying to shed some weight, your goal shouldn't be to simply weigh less. First and foremost, the number on the scale does not define you. A new fitness journey should not just be about losing fat, but also about building muscle.
Instagram Fitness Models Provide Positive Inspiration
If you're looking to get in shape, Instagram feels like a great place to explore routines and results. There are countless "Instagram fitness" influencers that regularly share selfies of their chiseled bodies. But research suggests these inspirational posts may be doing more damage than good.
Trendy Fitness Fads and Diets Are Great For Quick Weight Loss
There are so many trendy diets and fitness fads out there (Orange Theory, Whole 30, juice cleanses) that it's hard to figure out which one is right for you. Yes, there can be health benefits to these diets, but no two bodies are alike. It's possible you may wind up doing more damage than good if you don't listen to your body.
At-Home DVDs are Safe Fitness Tools
Everyone remembers Billy Blanks as the charismatic creator of Tae Bo, the cardio workout that incorporated martial arts moves. His idea became one of the most successful at-home workout videos of all time, and there are plenty more out there.
Follow the Food Pyramid
Thanks to the US Department of Agriculture, generations of Americans are aware of the food pyramid. It was originally designed to offer guidelines on what a balanced daily diet should look like. But the original version made some pretty unhealthy claims.
Weight Loss Supplements Can Help You Lose Weight
If you're looking for help with weight loss, supplements may seem like a great idea. They're easy to take and don't require much effort besides shelling out some extra cash. Here's the major problem with weight loss supplements: They don't have to work.
You Can’t Build Muscle Without A Lot Of Protein
If you ever thought about bulking up at the gym, a common companion to lifting is consuming protein. Lots of protein. The powders, the shakes, the bars. The belief is that the more protein you eat, the more muscles you'll develop.
Saturated Fat Causes Heart Disease
When searching for the culprit of heart disease, one of the most common suspects is saturated fats. Saturated fats come mainly from animal sources, like red meat, poultry or dairy products. And it was long believed that they were "bad fats" that put your heart at risk.
Milk Has More Calcium Than Any Other Food
Milk's biggest selling point is that it provides your body with calcium. Dairy companies capitalized this concept, selling us milk’s calcium-related benefits for decades. But should milk really be your go-to for calcium, or are there other foods out there with equal (or higher) calcium levels?
“No Pain, No Gain!”
"No Pain, No Gain!" is a common phrase uttered in fitness classes. It supports the assumption that you have to put your body through harmful workouts to achieve desired results. It seems to make sense, but it's bogus. You don't have to suffer your way through your workouts.
Skipping Meals Will Make You Skinny
If you're trying to lose weight, skipping a meal or two may seem like an obvious option. If you aren't eating, your body will shrink. Seems logical. But it's actually counterproductive to weight loss and dangerous to your health and well being.
Thighmasters Reduce Fat in Your Thighs
Suzanne Somers is a fitness marketing genius. Her signature Thighmaster machine was an infomercial success in the 1990s and continues to sell online. But similar to most workout trends that claim to offer great results with minimal effort, this device is no quick fix.
High-Fat Foods Will Make You Fat
Fat is the stuff underneath our skin that can make us look soft and larger when we have a lot of it. That's a given. So people have naturally assumed that eating a lot of fat will add more fat to your body. That's why there's such a large market for low-fat and fat-free foods.
You Can’t Ever Eat Out on a Diet
Let's face it: It's fun to eat out at restaurants. It's social, it's less work than cooking your own food in the kitchen and people bring you what you want. But trying to stay true to your diet can be difficult when restaurants offer a select number of menu options.
Your Weight Depends on Diet and Exercise Only
Throughout this piece, we've emphasized that diet and exercise are both necessary if you want to see results. The two go hand in hand. But this combo isn't complete without the missing ingredient: Sleep.
Diet Soda is Great Beverage for Diets
When you go on a diet, finding comfort foods that won’t impact your diet can be tough. That's why so many food brands offer 'diet' versions of your favorite indulgences, including soda. Diet soda has been a go-to for people watching their calorie intake, but that's not the best idea.
Looking Lean Equates to Looking Healthy
When you picture an ideal healthy body, you may picture someone very lean and toned. With a little willpower and rigorous training, you'll be sure to achieve your body goals. Hard work and a well-balanced lifestyle are super important, but it's also important to know that every body is built differently.