The amount of information available on the internet surrounding health and wellness is growing daily. How can you weed your way through what’s fact and what’s fiction? We asked seven of our favourite fitness bloggers to debunk the biggest diet and fitness myth out there.
Zanna Van Dijk: “High protein is the way forward”
Hannah Mills (Wedges & Weights): “Light weights are good for toning”
If you want to ‘tone’ your body, two things are required – decreasing your body fat and increasing your muscle mass. For change to happen, you’ve got to challenge your body, and solely lifting light weights isn’t going to bring about any significant amount of change in your body composition. Instead, lift heavy weights, follow a program that’s been designed with your goals in mind, and be sure to fuel your body with nutritious whole foods to both get the results you want and help you to feel fabulous!
Hazel Wallace (The Food Medic): “Fructose is bad for you”
However, when fructose is eaten in excess (i.e. on top of a normal diet), this increases our calorie intake, which in turn leads to weight gain and other health problems like obesity and diabetes. In short, anything in excess isn’t good for you and will cause you to put on weight! My biggest piece of advice would be to avoid sugary drinks and concentrated fruit juices, and focus on getting good quality carbohydrates through fruit and vegetables.
Hannah Cluley (Hannah Rose Fit): “Detox Teas”
I see so many companies advertising ‘detox teas’, these magical teas that are meant to cleanse and detox your insides so that you’re free from all the ‘toxins’ and promise you’ll end up with squeaky clean intestines, as well as losing weight and getting ‘skinny’. What these so called miracle workers don’t tell you, is that most of them contain senna leaf, which is used in the NHS as a laxative. I had it after my surgery last year. So that ‘cleansed’ feeling is really just you taking a laxative and feeling the effects of that. Taking this over a long period of time is actually very very bad for your digestive system! Not only this but if often stops any medication from working as your metabolism has been sped up, so if you take the pill, watch out! In short, you have a liver and kidneys, these are your body’s way of detoxing, you don’t need anything else, especially not this type of tea!
Carly Rowena: “A protein bar is a good substitution for a meal”
Tally Rye: “Cardio is the best way to burn fat and lose weight.”
Adrienne LDN: “You can’t build muscle without eating meat”
High protein diets may be in fashion right now, but the truth is that you can still build muscle by eating a veggie diet. The key to building muscle is that you must stimulate the muscles with exercise, ensure that you eat enough calories and that you get the right nutrients to support recovery and muscle growth. I know lots of very muscly guys and girls that are vegetarian or vegan, as well as some professional athletes too.