18 Fitness Myths

Fitness Tips
Written by The Protein Chef

Every gym has them and most of us have heard them from someone we know or through listening to others at the gym in-between sets. We end up believing them and then telling people we know, thus continuing the cycle of “broscience”. This is how they start, and usually never end. I have come up with a few (18) fitness myths that I have heard with-in the past year or so. Without further ado, here you go:

  1. I don’t lift weights because I don’t want to get “big” – Simply put: You won’t get big if you don’t want to get big. You will however get big if you eat big!
  2. Working out abs everyday will not give you abs – No, a good diet will.
  3. Working out 7 days a week will provide better “gains” than someone who works out less – No, your body needs time to repair itself and grow.
  4. More reps = better when dieting down – No, they aren’t. If you got big doing low reps, you can maintain muscle/lose fat while doing low reps too. Doing more reps may allow you to burn more calories thus losing more weight but this is all dependent on your diet anyways!
  5. Fat burners are the best way to lose weight – No, a good diet and dedication is the best way to lose weight. Fat burners do not help nearly as much as they make themselves out to.
  6. Eggs are bad cholesterol – No, they aren’t. That’s all I will say on this topic. I will post an article regarding eggs in the future.
  7. Tuna will give you mercury poisoning! – Unless you are eating pounds of it a day, you have nothing to worry about. My mercury levels are fine an I have been eating tuna for years. This goes for everyone else I know too.
  8. Eating 6 small meals will speed up your metabolism – No, 6 small meals won’t increase your metabolism enough to be at all significant in the average person. As long as you stay in your caloric range, you are fine. It’s as easy as that.
  9. Eating carbs at night will make you fat – No, overeating and eating junk food at night will make you fat. Carbs are good at night, especially if you workout then.
  10. Muscle will turn into fat if you stop lifting – No, you may lose muscle and gain fat by having a bad diet, but muscle will not randomly turn into fat. Muscle is not a magician.
  11. Doing crunches will help me lose fat on my stomach! – No, you CANNOT spot reduce fat. You can build muscle in specific areas which may reduce the appearance of fat but dieting down to a lean enough bodyweight is going to be the only way to lose that stubborn fat.
  12. You need to use supplements to get big – No, you need a good diet, dedication, and rest to get big.
  13. I can eat a pizza and then do cardio to make up for it – No, you can’t and doing this is a sure way to create problems.
  14. Get ripped in 4 weeks! – No, companies who advertise that most likely get “RICH” in 4 weeks from making you believe it’s true.
  15. Eating fat will make you fat – No, eating bad fats in excess will make you fat. Good fats are 100% necessary in everyones diet and should not be avoided.
  16. I have naturally big and strong legs so I don’t work them out – No, you don’t. You are only fooling yourself.
  17. You can only consume X amount of protein in each meal – No, your body doesn’t have a random shutoff switch for digesting protein
  18. That guys on steroids! – No, not everyone in great shape is on steroids. Thank the media for putting that into your head.

About the author

The Protein Chef

Derek Howes is a personal trainer and chef with over a decade of experience in the gym and kitchen. Derek, who is also known as The Protein Chef on his blog and YouTube channel shows his viewers every week that food doesn’t need to be boring or repetitive, it’s all about balance, moderation, and having the knowledge to change things up. His recipes which have been featured in the news, magazines, and on TV are cheap, quick, AND delicious! His motto in life is “everything in moderation” and is without question the most important habit he follows.

3 Comments

  • Hey, I’d like to see your article on eggs. My doctor said to limit myself to 8 eggs a week because of the cholesterol. I eat that in 2 or 3 days. Thanks! Love the site!

    • I can definitely write up a quick article this weekend however you should not worry about eggs hurting your cholesterol levels. Eggs improve HDL cholesterol levels…which is good cholesterol. I really can’t believe how many Doctor’s still push the whole eggs/bad cholesterol mentality. Thank you Erik!

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