4 Fitness Myths That Must Die

There's a lot of information out there, I get it. 

You read stuff all day long, and especially when it comes to fitness and nutrition, you don't know what to believe. 

Hopefully, we've built enough trust with you to assure you that we only want to give you the most recent and up to date information. 

Here are four myths that we still hear every day from not only people coming to us with questions but this out-of-date information is still being given by professionals including doctors and nutritionists. 

We aim to give you the most recent and relevant information, and so here are four fitness myths that must die. 

1. You Must Eat 6 Times a Day

For years we've been told that eating more frequently "boosts" your metabolism. Well, over the last few years research has proven that's simply not the case. A calorie is a calorie, whether you consume them at 6am, 6pm, or 2am, it's still a calorie. Whether you consume 6 small meals or 1 giant meal, if they total the same amount of calories, it will have the same outcome. 

The trouble we've run into with this really comes down to portion control. As Americans, we have lost what a true portion is. So, now instead of eating 6 "small" meals, we're actually consuming 5-6 normal sized meals, thus consuming too many calories and increasing our waistline. 

The bottom line is eat at a frequency that you're comfortable with. At the end of the day, if the total is the same, it doesn't matter. For me, having two large meals (brunch time and dinner) works well. For you, it may be 3 square meals, and avoiding snacking. For others, they may feel the need to eat 5-6 times per day. As long as the caloric total is the same at the end of the day, it doesn't matter. 

Myth busted. 

2. Fruit Makes You Fat

I have to admit, this one makes me laugh. Have you ever met someone who is looking to lose weight, and they say, "yeah, it's because I eat too many apples."? 

Of course not!

There's nothing wrong with fruit. 

Yes, it has sugar, but it's not the devil. 

In fact, you would have to eat the entire grocery store of fruit to gain any weight. 

Fruit is mostly fiber and water, two of the best things you can consume. 

Plus, look at the nutritional value of any fruit, most pieces are under 100 calories. 

So if I'm choosing a snack, which one would I choose?

The piece of fruit that keeps me full, has fiber, and is under 100 calories?

Or the "healthy" granola bar that is filled with artificial stuff and totals 300 calories?

Eat your fruit. 

Myth busted. 

3. Carbs Are Bad For You

I think a lot of these myths come down to one thing...

Fear of food. 

Through these myths we have created a society that is afraid to eat most things. 

So, instead of changing, they become afraid to change, and just stick to their old habits of cereal for breakfast, a granola bar for lunch, a decent dinner, and too many desserts while watching TV at night. 

There is nothing wrong with Carbs.

They are an essential macronutrient that the body needs. 

The troubles comes when we consume too much of them (just like anything else). 

They are just easy to consume too much because it's what all the "good tasting" foods are heavy in. 

So, try to not be in the mindset of carbs are bad for you. 

You need a healthy amount each day. 

If you do restrict them, you'll lose some water weight, but then you'll quickly become hangry and binge with more carbs in an hour then you normally consume in a week. 

Keep them slow and controlled, and you'll be just fine. 

Myth busted. 

4. Strength Training Makes Women Bulky

This is a personal goal of mine before I die. 

I want to prove to every woman out there that lifting weights does not make you bulky. 

Let me ask you a question?

How much does your toddler weigh?

How much does your full laundry basket weigh?

How much does that bag of dog food weigh?

How much does that purse weigh? (lol)

Seriously, you lift all of those things and more each and every day, that usually weigh 30+ pounds.

Yet we've created a society that has women afraid to lift anything heavier than a 5lb dumbbell. 

How do you expect to get strong doing that?

Now as far as the geeky side of it, it's quite simple. 

Men have a lot more testosterone than you do. 

That's why they get big and bulky. 

The only way you'll EVER get big and bulky is if you start shoving a needle into your butt cheek 2x per week filled with testosterone. 

Lifiting heavy does cause you to get strong as hell, confident, lean, sexy, energized, but bulky?

Hell no. 

If you want to hear it from a woman herself, here is my friend Molly. This is one my favorite articles on this topic: Does Lifting Heavy Make You Bulky?

Myth Busted. 


5. Fitness and Nutrition is Actually Easy

I get it. 

I struggle with it too. 

We all do. 

I can drill you with information every day, but that doesn't make it any easier. 

This stuff is hard. There's no denying it. 

It's simple, but it's hard.

Just keep moving the needle. 

1% Better. 

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling