(Closed) Fitness myths that you hate hearing?

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Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

That organic automatically means healthy. Organic Chocolate Cookies coated in caramel is not more healthy than a regular apple!

Also I hate that people automatically think if you’re skinny you are healthy. I am a bean pole but I need to get better about what I eat. I hate when I tell people I’m watching what I eat and they look at me like I’m anorexic. I can eat 3 cheeseburgers from McDonalds and not gain any weight, which means I’m unhealthy skinny. Need to get on track!

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@assilem: THIS. How about the idea that a cleanse is a healthy way to clean yourself out and kick start weight loss? The weight will come back once you start eating again, people…

Post # 32
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Buzzing bee

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@tranquility: Don’t worry. It’s true in a sense. The same weight of muscle takes up a lot less space that fat! So, you can weigh the same but actually be thinner if your body fat is lower. 🙂 I guess a lot of other people have said that above. . . so nevermind.

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@bRooklynRocks: Peanut butter scares the heck out of me, even though I think about how its good fat and calories. I don’t eat it very often, lol. But it’s so delicious!

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@LGenz: I’ve had a few pairs of them because I found them super comfy. I took up a walking program a year ago and thought they might help me get more bang for my buck, or at the very least they wouldn’t make things worse. Also, they were 50% off. Anyway, starting from slightly fit (I’d been walking 10,000+ steps every day for a few months) and wearing them I could feel it a bit in my legs, but that wore off within the first couple of weeks. I bought more pairs after the first because they were so comfy, though. But they wear out quickly, so I think I’m done with them now. Anyone have a comfy but good-looking sneaker to recommend? lol.

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@smith2be:  Skinny = healthy is the worst.  Not only because it leads to people being jerks because they think it’s “for someone’s health” but also because it discourages people from working out and eating well for health reasons.  Some people will be heavier even when fit and healthy and others will be skinny even if they’re eating themselves into type II diabetes.

The muscle weights more than fat doesn’t bother me because if you’re looking at a 1 inch cube of each, the muscle will weigh more. Plus I like this one because I’m ridiculously muscular. 

I think what drives almost as crazy as equating weight with health, though, is the idea that what works for one person will work for another.  Some people do great with resitrcted carbs.  Some feel terrible and have no energy.  Same with meal size, portion amounts… we’re all different and we all have different digestive systems and energy needs.

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

This thread has opened my eyes to the ‘muscles vs. fat’ argument. But in a strange way…

In my head, I don’t think of it in terms of poundage.  I always thought of it in terms of size. Embarassed

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@smith2be I totally hate this myth, too! I used to be really skinny growing up, thanks to a fast metabolism, and I ate whatever I wanted and never exercised consistently. Then after college, my metabolism drastically changed, and I “filled” out my skinny frame so that I’m a more average weight for my height. Since then, I’ve been much more conscious about what I eat and keeping a regular exercise routine. Overall I’m much healthier now, but I’m definitely not as skinny as I used to be! And you know what, that’s OK. My skinny-self didn’t have curves, a butt, or a chest. Wink

Post # 36
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

As for the highler/lower heart rate work outs- there are two schools of thought- 1. when in you’re target heart rate, you will burn fat first, but your heart rate doesn’t stay elevated so your metabolism isn’t boosted for as long vs. 2. you are a runner so obviously your heart rate is elevated above your target heart rate (unless you’re an awesome marathon runner who’s heart rate as adjusted), your body eats muscle first UNLESS you eat a diet heavy in carbs which most knowledgeable runners do (or so it has been explained to me), in which case your body will go carbs, fat, muscle, it tricks your body into skipping fat, you heart rate is elevated for longer and your metabolism boost lasts longer.

 

So it depends what you’re going for, all different trainers/sport medicine type people will have different views on it. I say, do what feels right for your body. 

 

ETA: note- I do interval training because that works best for me, I get my heart rate up high, then bring it down, I switch it up, for example on the elliptical I’ll go on speed 6, then 15, then 12, then 18, then 9, then 20, etc. to trick my body because that is what works best for me

Post # 37
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yeah the skinny healthy thing is horrible.  In high school and beginning of college, my diet consisted of junk food.  Yes I was skinny, but I wasn’t healthy.  Now I’m curvier but try to eat better and exercise so I’m bigger than I used to be.

Another thing I hate is that all fats are ‘bad’.  No they aren’t, avocado and other unsaturated fats are good for your health.

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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@Sking: no kidding my salad last night was like 500 cal. ! i was so mad when i had to log all those calories

Post # 39
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Busy Beekeeper

You guys are cracking me up. I used to work front desk at gym and people would without fail come in every day run on their treadmills “Wooohaa that was  great work out” and light up a cigarette as soon as they hit the door. Yeah pal, sure thing, fabulous work out. **rolleyes**

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Wait..what’s so bad about the low carb diet (besides the loads of fat, salt and cholesterol…oh wait…yeah…)

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@kingytobe:  This is really interesting.

I am such a fan of high intensity workouts, for like 800 reasons.  I didn’t know that about carbs being what prevents our bodies from using muscle as fuel when our heart rate is eleveated.  Maybe that explains why my body threatens me with intense nausea when I try to exercise without carbs.

Post # 43
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@Entangled: yeah, I’m not an expert and have no sort of degree, but I do make friends with all the trainers at my gym and my best friend is getting her Doctors of Physical Therapy right now so I hear a lot about different things, that makes sense though that without carbs your high intensity work outs would suffer!

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I hate that people believe cellulite creams have some miracle ingredient that melts away your dimples. It’s called stimulating your lymphatic system and circulation. If you vigorously rub your legs with regular lotion 3x a day you will have almost the exact same results. I spoke with a Vichy rep and she admitted to me that the key component to the cream working is stimulation in the affected areas which comes from you rubbing the cream in…not the cream itself. Yes, the caffine and other stimulants might give an extra boost, but in the long run it’s better to fight cellulite by eating less sugars, drinking more water, and exercising your legs! The Vichy rep also told me the results from the cream disappear as soon as 4 days after you stop using it. Some “miracle” product..

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