Over the years, we’ve been taught a lot of things (mostly by the television) about the best ways to get fit. However, once humans actually put that stuff to practice, they realize it doesn’t work as advertised. So, they move on to the next idea, program, diet or whatever, and some of those things can be outright detrimental to your fitness quest. So, let’s start off with the one that is going to make you the most happy…
Myth #1 – Go hard or go home!
Getting fit and losing fat is not about how much and how hard you are working out. What you eat is 80% of the battle to lose fat. If you are eating right, you’ll lose fat and get healthier. No workout needed. Hold on there cowboy, don’t get too excited thinking you won’t need to work out…
Myth #2 – If I eat right, I don’t have to work out:
The idea here is to get fit. Not just lose weight. A note just to the men here… Men of God should not be skinny, weak guys who can’t defend themselves in a fight. They should be the protection for the weak. Defenders of the family as well as the faith. So, it’s not just for you. According to the Bible, man was meant to guide, guard and govern their family. Hate to break it to you, but you’re not going to be able to shove down a can of spinach, and end up with forearms like Popeye. Just aint happnin. So, ladies and guys, get motivated and get to work. The Bible says “your body was bought with a price, so honor God with your body.” Do this for God, and for others who depend on you. That should be all the motivation you need. Not to mention, there are plenty of studies out there that will show you that getting fit extends your life, makes you less vulnerable to illness and disease, and actually helps improve brain functionality.
Myth #3 – I have to become a vegan to really make this work:
As mentioned in The Game Plan, I want to avoid setting ourselves up for failure. I don’t know about you, but I can’t go very long without eating some kind of meat. Yes, you’ll eat more veggies than you ever have, but you’ll need protein in your diet to build those awesome muscles. A lot more protein than you probably were thinking too. See my post on that subject here.
Myth #4 – The less I eat, the more weight I lose:
This one will kinda blow your mind. We learned this from a weightloss coach my wife went to. Eating less does not = losing weight. Lemmee splain. Let’s say you wake up in the morning and purposely avoid eating because you don’t have time and hey, it’s an opportunity to fast and lose weight. The problem with that philosophy is metabolism. Your body regulates how it burns calories by adjusting your metabolism to your environment. Cold, hot, high altitudes, etc… So, when you go to bed, wake up 6-8 hours later and don’t eat till lunchtime, you’ve sent your metabolism the wrong message. It begins the fat storage mode triggered by starvation. Worse yet, when you do finally start eating, and it happens to be at your favorite Mexican joint, and you pound down a basket of chips, a little nacho cheese and some enchiladas, you just gave your body more fat to store on top of the fat it’s already storing! So good eating habits start with a healthy breakfast, and continue throughout your day. See my post on breakfast here. When my wife began applying this, she immediately began feeling better, and shedding pounds faster and more consistently. I personally hate going without food. So, I rarely miss a meal, and especially breakfast. It’s good to know I don’t have to stop that.
Have you busted any myths lately? Put it in the comments below. I’m always looking for more info.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Check out this article on Cosmopolitan (don’t worry, your manhood is safe). It’s about a woman who lost 100lbs. She explains her method of food and workouts. I really like this example because it’s exactly what my wife and I subscribe to, and the same methods you’ll read about on this site.