It just doesn’t seem right that I have made it this long without making any reference to my girl Adele. So here’s to you, sister. The rumor mill is always cranking out something. And the worst part is that people actually believe some of it. I mean we have all heard the, “oh my gosh Becky I heard what Ashley did at that party.” Or the rumor that Kim K got a brand new implant in a brand new place. Or the rumor that the world is ending next week.
All of these sentences typically start out the same way, “Well I heard…” or “Someone told me…” And even though these rumors seem ridiculous, there are people out there that get hung up on every word. Especially the juicy stories about Becky. The rumor mill doesn’t stop when it comes to fitness. I hear people all the time talking about rumors that they heard and they don’t know where the truth begins. It’s hard to tell the difference between truth and rumor when you don’t know much about fitness. So… I am going to break-down some of the most common fitness related rumors that I have heard.
- “I heard that you shouldn’t work out unless you have nice workout clothes because it’s not good for you body.” This one is just silly to me but I have heard it over and over again. What you are wearing on your body has nothing to do with your success at the gym. You can work out in a three piece suit if that’s what you prefer, but I don’t know that I would recommend that. You don’t have to be wearing the newest Lululemon to get in a great workout. My personal favorite brand for athliesure is Avia from Walmart. It’s cheap and the pants aren’t see-through. What more could you want?
- “My friend told me that if you don’t each much that you will lose more weight.” Weight loss does come from a calorie deficit. But there is such a thing as eating too little. Starving yourself isn’t going to do anything but put your weight loss at a halt. I never believed this either… until I spent about two weeks trying to eat a very small amount of food and the scale didn’t budge. The next week I amped up my calorie count by about 500 extra calories a day and lost three pounds. If your body goes into starvation mode due to the fact that you are actually starving it, you are going to have a hard time losing weight. Find a calorie calculator online if you aren’t sure what you need to be going for each day so that you can have a better guess. Starvation does not equal weight loss. Starvation equals unhealthy, hungry, and grumpy.
- “I can’t go to the gym because I don’t have real running shoes. I heard that I couldn’t workout without them.” This is one rumor that I have found to be relatively true. You don’t have to buy an expensive pair of tennis shoes, but I can promise that working out in a real pair of tennis shoes make a HUGE difference. Your feet need to have good support because it has an effect on every part of your body. I see people all the time working out in Converse and I don’t understand how they do it. Shoes are a good place to splurge. Or at least pay a visit to the Nike outlet.
- “Is it true that if you drink lots of water you will gain water weight?” Quite the opposite actually. People have asked me multiple times if the amount of water I drink a day has made me gain weight and it has actually aided heavily in the weight loss portion of my journey. If your body isn’t getting enough water it will retain what little bit of water your body does have. There is no such thing as gaining weight from water. Drink up, buttercup.
- “I heard that you shouldn’t have cheat meals because they will slow you down from losing weight.” This is a pretty controversial topic. And I disagree. I think having a cheat meal or cheat day has major benefits. Physically and mentally. It can be a good jump start for your body to have something greasy and unhealthy when it has been eating good all week. (like I said some people really disagree with this one and don’t think you should ever put anything unhealthy in your body….. but booooooring.) I think a cheat meal does way more for your body mentally than physically. It gives you something to look forward to all week and knowing that you get to splurge can help you to stay on track throughout the week. It’s almost sad how excited I get about my Friday night runs to Taco Bell. But hey, it works for me. Find what works for you.
- “My friend heard that you burn more calories doing cardio and that you only gain weight from lifting weights.” False. Cardio is a great way to burn calories, but so is weightlifting. Getting your heart rate up is when you start to see the burning of calories. I personally like to mix and match between the two. I like to start out with cardio and then do a few minutes of lifting. It’s a good mix to keep me from getting bored. If you are still terrified about gaining weight from weights, try doing more reps with lower weights. You can always do 3 sets of 15 reps on a lower weight and see results from that!
- “You’re never going to lose weight if you don’t take a supplement or drink protein shakes.” This is the most common rumor I hear and honestly probably the one that makes me the angriest. Your body doesn’t need a protein shake or a pill full of supplements to lose weight. You were created to self-sustain and your body is capable of doing that. I’m not throwing shade on those who swear by their products, but I swear by my own product. A product of hard work and determination. You don’t have to join the fad or spend your whole paycheck on a pill. All you need is a little determination and a clear focus on your goals.
In just the last year, I have been able to weed through the rumors that I have heard and luckily have proved some of them wrong. It just goes to show that you can’t believe everything you hear. This applies to more than just a healthy lifestyle, but we will leave it at that. Continue to listen to your body and what it needs. No one knows what you need better than you do and you have to be willing to go out there and take it… no matter what “rumors” you are hearing other people say. You got this.