Fitness Myths

As I mentioned in a past post, Dean is studying to become a certified personal trainer. Living with a soon-to-be CPT definitely has it’s perks (he’s a great healthy resource).  It also has it’s downfalls (he reminds me that ice cream isn’t healthy a lot).

In all seriousness, Dean has been a huge help for me as I move further with my live healthy challenge and I figured I should probably share the wealth. So I present to you my first of many posts focusing around myth-buster Dean’s fitness brain.

Myth Number One:
If I want to lose weight I should probably eat less. I don’t really need breakfast
and even though I’m hungry after my workout, I probably shouldn’t eat then either.

fitness myth number 1

We all hear that taking in less calories and upping cardio will help you shed pounds and I can’t fight that. But I urge you all not to focus so much on the scale- focus on getting healthy and looking good. Personally, I don’t want to just lose weight – I want to gain muscle. I want to look lean and strong but I still want to look like a lady, and in order to do that I need to eat a decent amount each day. I mean let’s get real, who do you want to look like at the beach this summer: Beyonce or Nicole Riche? I’ll take one Beyonce, please!

I completely understand how eating more meals could sound counter-intuitive to your summer body plan, but we’re all going to learn a big lesson here:

Your body needs to take in calories in order to create muscle and burn fat.
Your body needs calories in order to give you energy.
Your body also needs calories to keep your metabolism workin’ hard so it can burn off even more calories for you wayyyy after you hit the gym.

Think about your food as your fuel for the day. Your car won’t drive without gas and you won’t function without food.  Unfortunately you’re not going to get Beyonce results eating lots of ice cream and cookies to get in your calories (Dean has to remind me of this daily). You want to eat, but you want to eat healthy.

Feeling hungry in the middle of the day?
Reach for an apple and a few almonds or sip on a small protein shake.

Getting home from a good workout?
Finish it up with a big glass of chocolate milk and a spoonful of peanut butter.

Why would I want to burn all of those calories and then eat all of that sugar? Because as weird as it sounds different sugars and proteins can be an asset to our workouts when they’re eaten in small quantities at the right times – but that’s for the next fitness myth post.

So what do you guys think? 
Do you fall into the less is more trap when you’re trying to get back to the gym?
What fitness questions do you have for the myth-buster?

With Luck