There are so many misconceptions and myths regarding fitness, strength training and nutrition that I decided to make a short list of commonly misunderstood subjects and provide you with a few easy lessons. Before you think I’ve gone crazy, please read the whole thing. My explanation will make sense.
Eat less protein
I know it’s hardcore to say that you need to eat tons of protein to lose more fat and/or build more muscle, but official institutions have repeatedly emphasized that we consume too much protein. We’re damaging our kidneys that way, and a recent study even found that a high protein intake increases the risk of cancer as much as smoking does.
The older you get, the lighter you must train
When you’re 20, you can get away with heavy lifting, but don’t even think about going anywhere near your maximum lifting potential. Supporting heavy weights with brittle bones and old, worn joints does not sound like the smartest thing to do, does it?
Training heavy is not functional
This may sound silly, but really, how much are you going to lift in daily life? A 20lbs bag of groceries? Why the hell would you want to lift 300lbs off the floor then? Doesn’t it make more sense to lift 20lbs many times then, until 20lbs feels like nothing? What use is risking injury with heavy weights then?
Accept that you may not be able to lose fat
You may be extremely carb sensitive or have chronically high cortisol. There’s also the risk of having genetic errors that will make you store fat at a higher rate than other people, even when eating and burning the same amounts of calories every day! We all know that person who can eat what he/she wants without getting fat. Don’t mind them and just be you. It’s your body, you know it best. Accept it if you’re different and have it harder than the rest.
Don’t eat the following things
- Tap water
- Saturated fats
- Mono-Unsaturated fats
- Processed fats
- Artificial sweeteners
- A combination of carbs/protein
- A combination of carbs/fats
- Anything from a plastic container
All of the above have had books devoted to the dangers of their consumption or at the very least some (official) recommendations against consuming it often.
Don’t bench press if you’re a woman
You’ll turn the fat in your chest (i.e. most of your boobs) into muscle and you’ll end up looking like a man. Also make sure that you always use more than 20 reps in a set when lifting weights, to make sure you tone your muscles well. You want long and lean muscles, not thick and bulky ones.
Never squat below parallel
After all, you don’t want to wreck your knees. I once talked to this really big guy who told me he squatted really heavy and deep in his late teens, and he had knee troubles for years. His arms were the size of my legs, so I’m pretty sure he knows what he’s talking about. In fact, it may be better not to squat at all. Just using something like a leg press is safer. You have to be pretty crazy to put a heavy weight on your spine, a fragile structure that, when damaged, can paralyze you for life. You can just work your legs with leg extensions, even though that seems silly to me, since girls only look at your abs and biceps anyway… Unless you’re a streaker of course. Not to mention that training legs is really hard, for what? So your pants start getting tighter and you have to buy new pants? No thanks.
You know what’s worst about all these things? I come across this bullshit all the time, both online and offline, and people actually believe it. I kid you not, every single point I made in this post? I’ve seen people claim it’s true with a straight face, regardless if it goes against science and good common sense.
“You are right to be wary. There is much bullshit. Be wary of me too, because I may be wrong. Make up your own mind after you evaluate all the evidence and the logic.” – Mark Rippetoe