The fitness world is filled with great practices, new ideas, truths – and fitness myths.
For just about every useful piece of advice tossed around by fitness gurus, there’s just as many myths thrown out there that could hurt your progress (and your wallet). If knowledge is power, then misinformation is oblivion. Everyone has an opinion to what diet drops 20 pounds or what exercises shred abs, but there are some facts that need to be laid out – and some myths that need to be taken down.
Here are just three of many, many, many more. Bottom line, trust the advice of a trained, educated nutritionist.
Myth: Does organic mean healthier?
Sort of. Not really. The conclusion of this study found that there is a lack of evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional produce. Although specific studies like this showed that organic tomatoes from a particular field had higher levels of antioxidants, no consensus from researchers has been made stating that organic foods are healthier for you than their counterparts. Nutrients in vegetables differ drastically, according to a NPR report. “One carrot in the grocery store may have two or three more times more beta carotene… than its neighbor. That’s due to all kinds of things: differences in the genetic makeup of different varieties, the ripeness of the produce when it was picked, even the weather,” the report said. Vegetables are wild cards – stick to conventional and wash them thoroughly before eating. There’s no such thing as a vegetable that’s bad for you.
Myth: Should I be fasting for weight loss?
A study from Harvard said that neither traditional dieting (restricting a moderate amount of calories daily) nor fasting have an edge over the other – it’s all a matter of preference. If those 500-calorie days are stressing you out, the good news is you have the freedom to switch to another diet plan without sacrificing results.
Weight loss is a simple equation: consume less calories than your body burns Both fasting and traditional dieting use that same equation to achieve their outcome. One has no physical advantage over the other, so it’s just a matter of what’s psychologically beneficial for you.
The nutritionists at Thrive Fitness recommend a well-balanced, nutritious diet that consists of three meals with small healthy snacks in between. Everyone’s dietary needs vary, so consult a nutritionist to learn what will work for your lifestyle and goals.
Myth: Are sports drinks healthy?
Sometimes. Sports drinks are full of electrolytes, which your body needs to replenish after an intense workout. But be wary of food labels – most sports drinks contain high amounts of sugar or corn syrup, and artificial ingredients. When choosing sports drinks over water, be honest with yourself – only take them if you’ve exerted enough energy that you have no other option. Multiple experts said that homemade sports drinks are the way to go. They’re customizable to your needs as an athlete – and can definitely help out your wallet.
Take everything in the fitness community with a grain of salt and do your research. Fitness is all about trial-and-error. Don’t blindly follow the crowd – your health and your wallet might pay the consequences.