Blowing away 3 common fitness and health “tricks” that may be hurting you long-term

These 3 “tricks” that fitness enthusiasts use to lose weight and supposedly get healthier are actually doing more damage than good.  In fact, these things could be telling your body to hold onto unhealthy fat.  Read below and don’t make these mistakes.

1.  Being really sore indicates that you had a kick ass workout. MYTH!!!
Actually being sore is your body holding on to inflammation.  If you do a workout, you felt like you worked your hardest, and you’re not sore the next day (or the second day after) that is AWESOME!!  That means your body is processing the waste products that got built up during your workout.

If you experience significant muscle soreness on a REGULAR basis, and it lasts for more than a couple of days, you probably need to:

  • drink more water
  • take  (better) vitamins/eat healthier (more antioxidants)
  • recover more–de-stress

2.  I need to eat a lot of protein and fat to lose fat.  FAD!!!

Usually when people say they need to eat a lot of protein and fat, two things are going on. 1.  they are following some ridiculous diet; or 2. they are a newly diagnosed diabetic.  The truth is that protein and fat ARE important for fat loss and sustainable energy.  But, we need a diet with veggies!!  Can’t get around it and the faster you accept that the quicker you will achieve the health you are looking for.

Healthy fats–FROM PLANTS–can provide us with tons of energy and help our bodies burn other fat.  And protein and fat help us feel full longer so we don’t feel hungry and give into cravings.  BUT, most people forget about two other things that are really important in fat loss and sustainable health:  fiber and disease.  The people who promote high meat oriented diets don’t give a crap about your heart disease and cancer risk.  They just want you to lose weight so they can look good and sell more books.  This is totally unsustainable and not healthy.  Meat is VERY inflammatory, so keep it to a minimum.  Bulk up your diet with FIBER and plant-based fats and proteins.  Meat should be a sometimes food, not an always food. Examples for good foods to incorporate are:

  • celery, carrots, avocados, cucumber/zucchini, any squashes
  • nuts and seeds, like raw cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds (all awesome sources of  fiber, protein and nutrients for your brain)
  • whole grains like steel cut oats (NOT processed oats), sprouted bread, wheat berries

3.  Doing more cardio on my “off days” will make me lose weight faster/make me stronger/healthier. MYTH!!!!

“Off days” are called that for a reason–because you are supposed to be taking a day OFF to REST!  This is probably one of the biggest mistakes I see people make.  Believe it or not–I know this goes against everything you feel and know–reducing your intense workout days can lower your body fat and make you stronger.  I have seen it in action.  Rest is probably the most under-utilized, under-appreciated aspect of fitness and health.  When working on a schedule, take into account what stress you are under at work, home, are you traveling a lot.  These are crucial to take into account if you want to avoid injuries, overtraining, or release fat.

If you need help coming up with a program/schedule that works for you, simply contact me at elysej@venus4her.com.

I’d love to know what you think of my article!!! please leave a comment below, and feel free to share it too!!!  Thanks!  Elyse

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