Fitness Myths that Drive You Crazy

  • NerdLifter

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    Jul 02, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
    Ever encounter tons of people that have these weird preconceptions about how to get in shape? Some of them that drive you mad because no matter how hard you try to tell them that's a myth, they don't believe you?

    For me, it's all these guys who think getting in shape = treadmill cardio for 1 to 2 whole hours a week then go home. I try to explain: you have to balance lifting and cardio; doing only cardio is counterproductive for their long term goals (they are trying to lose weight and/or gain muscle). When I try to explain the biology behind it, they stare into space and/or tell me I'm basically full of crap. The truth is just too painful for them to absorb. Sorry, getting in shape requires some more work other than mindlessly running on a treadmill.

    What are the workout myths you hear and see people believing are true that drive you crazy?
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    Jul 02, 2011 7:58 PM GMT
    That muscle turns to fat. Fat turns to fat! And how.
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    Jul 02, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
    That sweating means you're losing weight. I saw some women wrapped in fucking plastic bags. I couldn't even contain myself.

    You lose water weight, and then go drink a gallon of water and put it all back on icon_razz.gif

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    Jul 02, 2011 8:20 PM GMT
    "That machine wasn't designed to be used that way"....
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    Jul 02, 2011 8:55 PM GMT
    Calories don't make you fat, carbs make you fat....

    brb inhaling a tub of butter and not getting fat.
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    Jul 02, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    Studinprogress saidEver encounter tons of people that have these weird preconceptions about how to get in shape?

    For me, it's all these guys who think getting in shape = treadmill cardio for 1 to 2 whole hours a week then go home. Sorry, getting in shape requires some more work other than mindlessly running on a treadmill.

    What are the workout myths you hear and see people believing are true that drive you crazy?


    That is an interesting point there. But the position I take on this matter is neither
    "That is nonsense" or "That is gospel truth." Rather, it may work for one but not for another. It what makes us all unique.
    Personally I don't like treadmills at all. But I was still advised by my nurse to pay regular visits to the gym. So rather than the treadmill, I used the elliptical cross trainer, which when the resistance was set to "Cardio", resulted in a very tedious but challenging workout.
    Now the staff at the gym had replaced the elliptical with a more challenging piece of equipment, the arc cross trainer. That means the feet swings back and forth alternatively at an arc, instead of an elliptical movement. But the alternate arm movements remain the same.
    The purpose of the exercise is to burn calories. A one hour, cardio resistant workout allows me to burn up to 1,030 calories, although on a bad day I have burnt only 950 in the same period. Coupled with this workout I also go out for a run, normally through the woods. It is much nicer than treadmill.
    But calorie loss must be balanced in what I eat. If, after burning off 1,030 calories, I stuff my face with a wedge of gateau with 2,000 calories, what good is that?
    Although it took around two years, I'm have lost between three to four stone, and there is a definite difference in body and facial appearance. For me, weight training had never been part of the program, although there is nothing stopping me taking it up.
    The only myth which I heard and for a while believed, was that the sauna was meant for weight loss. In truth the only loss is body hydration, which must be replaced, or else the dehydration can lead to illness.
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    Jul 02, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    Don't eat at night. I hate that one.
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    Jul 02, 2011 9:20 PM GMT
    That if you don't eat lots of pasta, rice, and bread you'll just wither away to nothing and any muscle will disappear. Never looked better since I gave them up.
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    Jul 02, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    My favorite myth: Yesterday a coworker [who happens to be overweight] told me I got too skinny, and that 6-packs are overrated. Another guy standing there [who happens to have an 8-pack] looked at him and said "damn you're a jealous bitch." icon_lol.gif

    PS. We're all friends anyway and it was all in fun.
  • purdont4

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    Jul 02, 2011 10:13 PM GMT
    my favourite..

    A few guys have randomly asked me how to get a flat stomach ... my response... 'do some abs and cardio and watch what you eat'... then they say... "but I cant do sit-ups or my belly will get bigger because my ab muscles will get bigger" and " I can't watch what I eat/eat less because I won't be able to maintain the rest of my bod"....

    I think that doesn't even deserve an explanation.

    my other favourite..

    I can't loose weight because I'm 'big boned' or loosing weight is 'really really hard for me'. Ok.. you aren't BIG boned... your bones are the same dimensions, thickness etc as the rest of ours. The second one, it is really really hard for ALL of us to loose weight. We are all basically cave men with bodies programmed to constantly get ready for the next drought/starvation time and eat as much as possible. The only difference is that now we have food thrown in our faces 24/7 and the food is process and LOADED with calories.

    sorry.. I have some issues. lol
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    Jul 02, 2011 10:15 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidThat muscle turns to fat. Fat turns to fat! And how.


    uhhh i dont know what you exactly meant by this.. but muscle can become fat.. that is IF you eat too much protein (muscle) as food your body will convert it into fat and store it as fat in all the usual places.
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    Jul 02, 2011 10:18 PM GMT
    doing crunches when your overall body fat is high will get you a lean stomach and six pack abs
  • purdont4

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    Jul 02, 2011 10:22 PM GMT
    im ranting...

    or another is that you HAVE to take a pill or something to loose weight.

    We have all heard the commericals or been to GNC where the guy at the counter tells you how you NEED to take THIS, NO you dont. Half of that shit is expensive jazzed up caffeine with a snazzy name like .. ENER-DIETOMAX 3000...

    I once heard a worker at the Vitamin Shoppe how this woman needed to take this one supplement because it was loaded with an amino acid she needed, that amino acid was called sucrose.. (which isnt an amino acid... in face it is sugar).

    Also, (this is the last one)... supplements. Yes it is good to take a supplement such as protein and the multi-vitamins. However, you do NOT need to take 3 pills to get 500% of your B12 etc... as Sheldon Cooper from Big bang theory said.. '' you are just making expensive urine" because your body will just 'liquidate' it.
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    Jul 02, 2011 10:41 PM GMT
    purdont4 said
    eagermuscle saidThat muscle turns to fat. Fat turns to fat! And how.


    uhhh i dont know what you exactly meant by this.. but muscle can become fat.. that is IF you eat too much protein (muscle) as food your body will convert it into fat and store it as fat in all the usual places.


    Excess protein cannot be converted into fat, they have completely different molecular structures. Excess protein, in most cases, gets peed or shat out. WAY too much protein can cause kidney stones, but that's rare.

    Starches and sugar can be converted into fat if the stored energy is not used.
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    Jul 02, 2011 10:53 PM GMT
    #1 "I'm skipping breakfast so I can loose some weight." This line is usually from my obese friends/coworkers telling me this as they are eating their 10 AM donuts b/c they are "just so hungry" they can't wait for lunch. However, my suggestion of an apple and carrot sticks is always declined.

    #2 "I'm eating healthy; I'm eating my vegetables." Just heard this line last week from a friend who I met for dinner. She ordered the vegetable platter that included fried okra, french fries, baked potato w/ butter, sour cream, and ranch, and steamed broccoli covered in melted cheese all finished off with white bread. I at first thought she was joking; later dinner discussion indicated that she wasn't. Probably the last thing this girl should have been eating; was hoping everyone in the restaurant knew I was gay so they didn't think it was my GF eating that shit.

    #3 "Your heart rate while running is too high" ?????? Still don't understand where this one came from.. .

    #4 "You need to stop running so much and lift more weights." Favorite line of a couple friends who have very different fitness goals than me and have no clue of what my goals really are. For the most part, these friends are marginally in-shape and think 40 min 3x/week in the weight room means they have mastered physical fitness, even though much of that time is spent standing around visiting. They may look somewhat in shape and be pretty built, but I would guess their overall fitness level is quite poor.

    #5 "You need to stop running so much before your knees go out." Generally spoken by same people as #4 who latch on to the very idea that cardio will kill their knees, thereby excusing them for never elevating their heart rate over 120. These people have no scientific backing for their theories, just anecdotal evidence.

    but, the top line. . .

    #6 "I don't need to do any cardio to get/stay in shape" Generally spoke by same people as #4 and well over 50% of the weight room, especially on a college campus where guys can still sometimes maintain the appearance of physical fitness one can sometimes pull off in their early 20's. Hate to see how that is giong to turn out for them 10 years from now.
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    Jul 02, 2011 10:57 PM GMT
    purdont4 said
    eagermuscle saidThat muscle turns to fat. Fat turns to fat! And how.


    uhhh i dont know what you exactly meant by this.. but muscle can become fat.. that is IF you eat too much protein (muscle) as food your body will convert it into fat and store it as fat in all the usual places.


    He means if you get a lot of muscle and you don't work it out, people think it will turn to fat.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=muscle+turns+to+fat
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    Jul 02, 2011 10:58 PM GMT
    cardio junkies,
    low fat crazies
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    Jul 02, 2011 11:03 PM GMT
    1) That intermittent fasting is dangerous or unhealthy or unproductive.
    2) That there is such a thing as "starvation mode" where your body holds on to fat despite your metabolic requirements
    3) That cardio is necessary for fat loss.
    4) That you have to eat 6 times a day
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    Jul 02, 2011 11:14 PM GMT
    It's all just good genetics...
    When people say something like 'wow, wish I had your genes', I just want to slap them...
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    Jul 02, 2011 11:17 PM GMT
    MixedHead saidIt's all just good genetics...
    When people say something like 'wow, wish I had your genes', I just want to slap them...


    I just tell them to go to Express.
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    Jul 02, 2011 11:23 PM GMT
    when they think that working out EVERYDAY of the week is healthy and a good thing...it's like u need a break dude unless u r trying to injure yourself icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 02, 2011 11:25 PM GMT
    MixedHead saidIt's all just good genetics...
    When people say something like 'wow, wish I had your genes', I just want to slap them...


    Well genetics do play a huge role in your body type, so I kind of understand that one.

    I think my biggest overall peeve is basically what another poster said; when people think eating fried vegetables or vegetables covered in cheese is healthy.
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    Jul 02, 2011 11:36 PM GMT
    purdont4 said
    eagermuscle saidThat muscle turns to fat. Fat turns to fat! And how.


    uhhh i dont know what you exactly meant by this.. but muscle can become fat.. that is IF you eat too much protein (muscle) as food your body will convert it into fat and store it as fat in all the usual places.


    Muscle has a totally different cell and fibre structure and cannot change into fat - muscle can waste away through under-use and fat layers itself over the muscle - depends on calorie intact vs energy use

    see [url]http://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/abstract/S1550-4131(07)00338-5[/url] for scientific evidence

    The same observations in the laboratory translate to humans - the more muscle the greater the fat burning
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    Jul 02, 2011 11:55 PM GMT
    Two:

    1) You have to exercise for 20 minutes to "burn off your carbs" before your muscles start using fat for energy.

    Your muscles do store carbohydrates as glycogen in a very low concentration, but do you know how long it takes you to burn through that? Ever hear of a marathon runner hitting "the wall?" Muscles almost never (except in fight/flight response) use carbs as a source of energy. Instead, they're used to make a cofactor which allows energy production from free fatty acids. When you run out of carbs, you can't make the necessary cofactor, and the cellular machinery that makes energy for your muscles literally shuts down. You hit the wall. You cannot possibly run another step. That is why marathon runners carb load the day before an event. Also, this means that every single time you contract a muscle, whether it's to turn the channel on the remote, do wind sprints, or go for a 10 mile run, you're burning fat.

    2) Women who tell me they don't want to lift weights because they don't want to get huge.

    Well, Tammy, I seriously doubt doing 3 sets of 10 reps with an 8 pound dumbbell is going to turn you into Arnold Schwarzenegger any time soon. Also, you probably would need to start injecting testosterone, as your natural hormone levels will never allow you to gain the muscle mass you seem to be terrified of developing.
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    Jul 02, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
    Stan904 saidCalories don't make you fat, carbs make you fat....

    brb inhaling a tub of butter and not getting fat.



    Here is a case of someone that has been brain washed by margarine manufacturers into believing his myth is not a myth.

    I went on a full fat diet and lost the " impossible to lose middle age fat" in 6 weeks without cardio ( another myth) The chemistry of fat storage in the body is super complicated, common sense just does not apply in
    This case.