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5 Fitness Myths Busted!

There are many conflicting opinions surrounding fitness and nutrition particularly when it comes to Women. We wanted to help bust the most common fitness myths:

  1. Lifting weights will make my muscles look like a man’s.Untrue. A woman’s genetic makeup and lack of certain hormones (such as testosterone) means it is very difficult for a woman to gain bulk muscle mass in the same way as a man. As a woman, you must put in a lot of effort, extremely hard work and a strict regulated food intake to gain bigger muscles. If you are lifting weights in the gym your muscles will become more toned long before you would see any huge change in mass. As a bonus, lifting weights increases your overall strength and helps to burn fat (particularly helpful if you are targeting specific areas of fat).
  2. Protein Shakes are “unclean”Incorrect. A lot of people are afraid of protein shakes because they do not fully understand what Protein is. Protein is a naturally occurring essential building block for all life on earth. Everyone consumes protein from everyday food sources such as meat, vegetables etc, the problem is that once you become active, it is hard to consume the amount of protein you actually need from just whole foods alone.
    The protein found in protein powder comes from milk (Or for vegans, pea / rice protein etc).
  3. Just drinking protein shakes and never exercising will help me lose excess fat.False, If you do not exercise and are consuming more protein than you are using you are just encouraging the excess protein to breakdown into fat which is then stored in your body. Protein shakes have been created to help people consume their daily intake of protein needed to maintain muscle and function. Active people need more protein than the average sedentary person for their bodies to function and recover properly, it can be hard to consume enough protein through solid foods which is why shakes and powders are an efficient (and normally cheaper) way to consume the extra protein needed.
  4. If I don’t eat at all I will lose body fat.Quite the opposite, If you starve your body of food you are more likely to run into health problems or hospitalisation before you see any fat-loss. If you do not consume the daily intake of nutrients from food, your body goes into full lock down panic mode. It will increase fat storage and even turn previously useful nutrients (such as protein) into fat. Your body does not know when it’s going to be fed next so it makes up for this by storing everything and anything it can as fat stores. On top of this your internal and external health would rapidly deteriorate.
  5. I get enough Protein in my whole food diet, I don’t need protein shakes.There is a great misunderstanding about how much protein you need to consume in a day. Many people are told an adult only needs around 50g protein a day, whilst this is enough to stop complete protein deficiency it should actually be viewed as an absolute minimum! For example, a 24 year old female with a height of 5ft 2” and a weight of 70kg, with goals of Fat-loss and building muscle, who does moderate amounts of exercise but has a sedentary job will need to consume closer to 200g of Protein a day – heavier, more active women looking to build muscle would require even more so! Considering there is around 30g of protein in one chicken breast you can see why it will be difficult to get enough protein from whole food alone. There are many “protein calculators” you can try out on the internet to get a rough guess of how much protein you should be consuming per day but the best and most reliable calculator is your Personal Trainer/Nutritionist!

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