As a continuation of the article Myths about sports and nutrition: Part 1, we’ll debunk some more popular myths about sports and nutrition:
1- Eating fruit for dessert is bad for you. Eating a piece or two of fruit after a meal isn’t necessarily bad for you. But if you do this all the time and you only eat three meals a day, we recommend that you skip the fruit as a dessert and introduce it as one or both of your two in-between meal snacks each day, because it’s always better to eat five smaller meals a day than three larger ones.
2- Bread is fattening. And what isn’t, if you eat enough of it? Every food you eat contains calories. In the case of bread, it provides calories mostly in the form of complex carbohydrates. What we don’t recommend is that you eat tons of bread, especially with your meals. One serving of bread in a snack is okay – it’s best if the bread is whole wheat, due to its higher fiber content. So, bread is fine, but you don’t need to eliminate it entirely – just limit it to a reasonable amount.
3- Lifting weights will make you heavy. False. Many people associate weight lifting with bulking up your muscles. Weight training can provide a multitude of benefits which aren’t just related to gaining muscle mass. At Sportize.me, you’ll work out in accordance with your goals. You can choose goals like recovering from a joint injury, losing weight through weight training, weight training as a complement to your sport, and many more.
4- First I have to do cardiovascular work to take away my body fat, and then after a few months I will start with weights to gain muscle mass. False – when you go to the gym for the first time or come back after a few months of inactivity and want to get in shape, the ideal thing is to start with cross training (combining weights with cardio work), because that is most effective. One widespread myth is that only aerobic exercise can burn fat. You should know that weight training accelerates your metabolism for a few hours after your workout, which keeps your body burning calories for the rest of the day … and you’ll get toned!
5- Working out on a cardio machine burns fewer calories than working out on a stationary bike. No, calorie-burning is very relative. It all depends on the intensity of your exercise on a machine and the amount of time you spend on it. There are actually many different types of cardiovascular machines at fitness centers, like the treadmill or the elliptical, which will cause you to move more muscle mass, making you burn more calories.
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.
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