Today I thought I would share the health and fitness myths I used to believe. This is all from personal experience so if these things work for you please don’t be offended.
Myth #1: Low calorie!
I grew up believing that I literally only needed 1200 calories a day. Now I look back and think “what the heck was I thinking???” According to the NIH (National Institutes of Health) a toddler needs 1000-1400 calories. An adult needs more than that.
Myth #2: Carbs are BAD!
How many times have we heard that we should be avoiding carbs? Or that low carb is the way to go? Or keto is life changing? (More power to you if you can thrive on a keto diet but I can’t do it.) Your brain needs carbs. I don’t know about you but when I don’t have carbs I find it is really hard to concentrate. Carbs give you energy and fuel your workouts. Nowadays, I eat a lot of healthy carbs and I honestly have never felt better.
Myth #3: Avoid fats!
Like carbs, fats are not the enemy. Actually, we need healthy fats in our diet. They make our skin glow, our hair grow, and so much more! So eat your peanut butter and avocado!!
Myth #4: The weight room is just for guys!
No, just no. Women can lift weights too!
Myth #5: Rest is for the weak!
Okay, what do I mean by rest?
1. I used to think that I could get by with only 5 hours of sleep a night. It became almost a source of pride. I ONLY need 5 hours of sleep. But it is not sustainable over time. I would have to drink so much coffee and tea on a daily basis just to make it through the day. I started going to bed earlier and getting 7-8 hours of sleep and I have so much more energy throughout the day. Yes to sleep!!
2. Take rest days! I know it can be tempting to just want to go go go and not miss a day once you start seeing results but rest days are just as important as working out. Your body needs time to recover.