Don’t Fall Victim to these Crazy Fitness Myths

Crazy Fitness MythsI’ve heard of some crazy ideas relating to diets and workouts before. Some of them actually have merit, but the majority are nothing more than B.S. We’ll take a look at 3 of the craziest fitness myths that entirely too many people have fallen for.

Just a Six Pack Please – Crunch, Crunch, Crunch!

Being an avid member of the Six Pack Shortcuts movement, I can tell you in all honesty that doing crunches and abdominal exercises is not enough to take your from “fat” to “six-pack”. Not only will you have to perform a strict regimen of full, core-body exercises, you’re going to have to change the way you eat. No matter how many muscles you build up beneath your belly fat, they’ll never be visible if you don’t trim away the spare tire.

The “I only want a six pack” myth is a terrible one, and I can prove it. Picture this… you walk onto the beach and tear off your shirt to reveal a six pack, accompanied by spindly legs and string-bean arms. Believe me, you are not going to attract positive attention this way!

Start the Week/Month/Year Off Right

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say things like “New year, new you”, or “start the week off right”. There’s a common fitness myth that if you want to develop good habits, you have to start at the beginning of a week, month or even year. May I interject one thing… Why!?!

People who think they have to start a diet or workout regiment at the beginning of a week, month, or year in order to succeed, are the same people who never follow through.

Grapefruit – Bowel Movement – Squat!

This is by far my favorite fitness myth, because it’s just so ridiculous! And yet, I’ve known people who actually tried this. The theory is that if you quickly consume 5 grapefruit, then immediately visit the toilet for a bowel movement, followed by performing a set of squats, you will gain more muscle from it.

First of all, 5 grapefruits is a lot to consume all at once – it’s a belly ache waiting to happen. Secondly, forcing yourself to take a dump immediately after eating them isn’t the most appealing aspect of any workout regimen. Thirdly, no doctor has ever recommended such insanity, because no proof exists that this crazy 3-step program will do anything to better your workouts.

Are grapefruit good for you? Certainly. Regular bowel movements are also very healthy. And yes, squats are a great form of exercise. Combining the three for a daily “eat, poop and squat” session? No, thank you.

*Trimming the Fat from Fitness Myths

Avoiding bullshit ideas like these isn’t difficult to do. If someone tells you a crazy diet or workout technique that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Whether it’s eating something that would make your stomach turn, or a wonder-drug that promises amazing results with no real science to back it up, don’t fall for it.

If you want to get fit, there’s only one proven way to do it. Exercise and eat an proportionate amount of calories. What’s so crazy about that?

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