7 Fitness Myths You’ve Probably Heard

7 Myths
Written by The Protein Chef

There’s a lot of bullshit in this industry and today we’re gonna tackle some of it, here are 7 myths that I hate hearing:

  1. Eating before bed or after a certain time will make your gain weight. Do you guys hear that? It’s the bullshit alarm. Seriously, eating before bed is ONLY bad if you’re eating too many calories… it’s that simple. Think about it, how are you gonna gain weight in your sleep if your body has nothing to fuel that weight gain? You could eat all your calories for the day before bed and still be fine as long as you’re not overeating.
  2. Protein powder will give me muscle. This one is more geared towards women since that’s always who I hear it from (most of the time at least). Sure protein powder will give you muscle a long with any other protein source and you still eat those, right? If you haven’t turned into a professional powerlifter from eating those then you’re not gonna from eating protein powder either, it’s real food just like everything else you eat.
  3. Lifting heavy weights will give you too much muscle and make you look bulky. I hate nothing more than this myth. First off, lifting ANY weight will give you muscle IF you’re eating enough to build muscle. You’re not gonna wake up looking like a bodybuilder from lifting heavy weights if you’re not eating like a bodybuilder. Training is the foundation and diet is the house. You can have a great foundation but if you don’t have the walls, you’re not gonna build anything.
  4. This diet is better than that diet. Say your friends doing keto and loves it, he’s dropping a ton of weight and feeling great. You do it and have no energy. Clearly it’s a great diet for him but for you it’s not. Basically, try as many diets as you can until you find one the best suits your needs. Overtime you’ll learn what works for YOUR body through trial & error. There’s no one size fits all. One more thing, make sure to factor in quality of life here. One diet could be working great but your quality of life could be terrible. Try and find a diet that has balance, that’s a diet you’ll more than likely be able to stick with for the long haul.
  5. Your diet has to be boring to lose weight. Another one I passionately hate for obvious reasons. To lose weight all you need to do is to eat less calories than your body needs for that day and wherever you get those calories is up to you. If you wanted to, you could eat pizza every single day and lose weight. I’m not saying that would be the healthiest way to lose weight, all I’m saying is you can eat whatever you want and reach your goals as long as there’s moderation.
  6. Belly fat. Ahhh, belly fat…you know that place you wanna lose fat first? Yeah, well that’s impossible unless you have a few grand for lipo, some really sharp scissors, or great fat loss genetics. For me and chances are you too, the last place you’re gonna drop that last bit of fat is in your belly. You can’t spot reduce fat ANYWHERE, even if you do a million sit ups a day.
  7. Being sore means you had a good workout. No, well maybe. Here’s 3 take homes on this:
  1. Being sore immediately after a workout is more an indication that you probably tried something new and stressed muscles you’ve never stressed before.
  2. Being sore a day or two after your workout is called delayed onset muscle soreness otherwise known as DOMS…which in simple terms is from micro tears in your muscles
  3. As you adapt to training your body will adapt too. Things like soreness will diminish as time goes on so as you get more involved being sore is not a great indicator of growth or strength gains.

So there ya go, hopefully at least one of these has helped you out. I’ll keep doing these videos every so often in hopes that we can clear up some of the misinformation (bullshit) out there and replace it with the right information! Share this video if you liked it and let me know in the comments below what your favorite myth was!

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.

8 Comments

  • After discovering your your YouTube channel my diet has improved. I just ordered you mouthgasam book of cooking.

    Thanks for putting out these videos and keep up the mouth watering videos.

  • I like that you broke the myth about eating before bed time. Our bodies need fuel while we sleep and heal.

    I love your recipes!!!

  • I have been sharing your website and recipes at my gym. Thank you for posting such healthy meal ideas! My gym friends often benefit from your recipes as my guinea pigs.

  • Eating before bed – this one gets me all the time!! I am always more comfortable eating later in the day- in fact on my days off work I dont even start eating until about 7pm – I always same a spot for some calorie consumption while in bed. I am always ravenous while waiting for lullaby land. I am always being – shall I say nagged- that is the worst hing I can do to get back down to a healthy weight- I must eat breakfast and stop eating after my evening meal to get results. well I have proved them all wrong. now with intermittent fasting being a thing ( i just do it naturally). I have gone from 165lbs and now at 138 and still going with dedication and bloody hard work. My diet has hardly changed (ok better getting more protein in and ditching a few carb) but i did it by mostly exercise. I love that you point out you get fat by over eating for the amount of calories burned and people that say otherwise are just bonkers!

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