Imagine your weight loss plan going something like this:
- Wake up, hit the gym, go all-out.
- Hydrate with some Gatorade because there’s no time for breakfast and you want to see if your sweat runs purple like they show in the commercials.
- Skip the morning snack and chew some sugar free gum instead.
- Grab a Shake Weight (or ThighMaster, pick your poison) during that boring conference call.
You’re working out, eating less and going sugar-free so you should be losing weight, right? Wrong. Here’s what you’re really doing:
- Overworking yourself at the gym. Heard of burnout?
- Drinking hummingbird-grade sugar water.
- Skipping breakfast, which isn’t deemed “the most important meal of the day” for nothing.
- Chasing your sugar water with sugar-free chemicals.
- Freaking out your coworkers.
Okay, okay, that sounds a little dramatic. I know. Here’s the real breakdown of these five fitness myths.
1. No pain, no gain. Look, leaving everything on the floor is for singing competitions, not your regular fitness routine. The fact is, if you overwork yourself so that you’re too sore to go back the next day, you’re not setting yourself up for success. Easy does it, Grasshopper.
2. There are two grades of sports drinks. Nobody’s sweat is purple. In fact, the athletes you see actually drinking Gatorade are drinking a diluted version of it. The high-octane stuff is consumer-grade, and a much less healthy option than, say, water.
3. “As seen on TV.” Unless it’s a Sham-Wow, you should be skeptical. While the Shake Weight promises to isolate those pesky bat wings and Suzanne Somers swears by the ThighMaster, these gadgets and gimmicks won’t isolate a single fatty area. If you’re going to lose fat, you’re going to lose it all over.
4. Put down the sugar-free gum. Now back away slowly. “Sugar-free” is code for “chemicals added” and trust me, the chemicals have side effects that will work against you.
5. Skipping breakfast will put your metabolism – and your weight loss – on a roller coaster. Creating that huge time gap between dinner the night before and your next meal (lunch) will set you up for making bad decisions. Ever gone to the grocery store hungry and walked out having spent an entire paycheck and given your phone number to the butcher? Yeah. Same thing. We make bad choices when we’re hungry.
The path to weight loss and fitness is strewn with booby traps like infomercials and images of chiseled athletes with performance enhancements to share. But really, simple is better – eat breakfast, don’t kill yourself in the gym, drink water and treat yourself well.
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