Very often you’ll hear people say things about sports or nutrition, but they aren’t always true.
What is true is that there is a lot of speculation out there about these two important aspects of fitness that concern us all.
That’s why we endeavor to debunk the most popular myths about sports and nutrition at Sportize.me. Here they are:
1. If I do a lot of cardio, I’ll lose muscle mass. No. It’s true that if you eat very little and engage in heavy aerobic exercise, the amount of muscle mass you gain from this will decrease over time. However, muscle mass will only disappear in extreme situations like malnutrition or in certain diseases like sarcopenia or muscular dystrophy.
2. Doing abdominal exercises takes away your gut. False – the abdomen, as one of your body’s major muscles, will get toned and strong, but that doesn’t mean that doing a lot of ab work every day will take off the layer of fat that covers it. The solution is in doing more cardio work and watching what you eat.
3. Performance beverages take away muscle soreness. No, you will have some soreness as the result of the effective and varied training you have given your body a few hours prior. Slight soreness is necessary in this case, and there is nothing that will take it away. At the same time, eating certain carbohydrate-rich foods or drinking certain carbohydrate-rich beverages after your workout will help the glucose return to your muscles quickly and help them recover as they should.
4. When you stop weight training, your muscles will turn into fat. False – muscles are muscles and fat is fat; there is no conversion between the two types of tissues because this is physiologically impossible. What is true is that when someone who weight trains and has an acceptable level of muscle mass stops weight training after a period of time, their muscles lose volume and if their eating habits stay the same, with the same high caloric intake, the energy is stored in the form of fat.
5. If you drink lots of water, you won’t get fat. No, while water is a life-giving element and we can’t live without it, it isn’t all we need. Your body also needs calories, because energy is what moves us around, and calories are what give us energy. If you drink too many fluids, you fool your body into thinking you don’t need to eat, so that when you do get hungry, you’ll be ravenous and take in more calories than you need – and you’ll get quite the opposite from the slenderizing effect you want to achieve.
Now you’re clear on some of the myths that are circulating around the world of sports, and you can start debunking them among your friends.
Remember, you must exercise regularly to improve your quality of life.
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