It seems like everyone is ready to offer a piece of advice nowadays. Someone will put up a post on social media that they are starting a diet and you will see comments of all sorts offering advice. Unfortunately, a lot of this advice is unqualified advice. A lot of the tidbits you hear about diet and exercise are just plain false. There are so many myths circulating the internet that it’s hard for someone to filter out what’s actually fact or fiction.
So this week I have decided to make it that bit easier for you and debunk five common diet and exercise myths.
Myth #1: Weight gain is inevitable as we age
It’s true that it is more difficult to keep weight from accumulating around our midsections as we age, but it is not impossible. By monitoring daily calories, eating primarily clean foods, exercising regularly, and participating in strength training, you can keep your trim physique for years to come.
Myth #2: Carbs are bad
Carbohydrates don’t make you fat. Extra calories do. As with everything, moderation is key. Carbohydrates are found in fruit, vegetables and whole grains - important additions to a healthy diet. The key is to minimise consumption of simple carbs, while choosing mostly complex carbs.
Myth #3: Stretching before exercise is imperative
We know. This is one myth that has been hammered into us since we were kids. Unfortunately, recent research shows that stretching before exercise can actually increase the risk of injury. Instead, start with a light warm-up to mobilise the joints, and stretch after you’ve finished exercising when muscles are loose and warm.
Myth #4: If you’re eating healthy you can eat as much as you want
A calorie is a calorie, no matter where it comes from. While it is much healthier for your body when you take in only nutritious, clean foods, eating too much of anything will still pack on the pounds.
Myth #5: Crunches will give you a flat stomach
No amount of crunches will leave you with a 6-pack if you’ve got a layer of fat covering up those abdominal muscles. You cannot target fat loss from one area .The only way to get that flat belly you’ve always dreamed of is with a combination of a healthy diet and exercise.
Defence Forces sniper instructor Peter O’Halloran won Ireland’s Best Fitness Nutritionist/Dietician award at the Irish Fitness Industry Awards 2018 and Best Use of Social Media by a Gym/Personal Trainer at the Social Media Awards 2018.
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