Myths n’ Facts – True or False ??!!

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“You work-out! You shouldn’t be eating much…why aren’t you stretching before training…” I’m sure all you body-builders and gym-rats out there get to listen to this and more quite often.

There are so many twisted facts, false truths and altered pieces of information floating around the realities and actuals of bodybuilding. There is so much misconception and wrong advice that the amateurs receive, that they tend to mix it with what’s actually right for them. Let’s unwrap some myths and unveil some truths today…

Myths:

Let’s get start with some common myths surrounding bodybuilding.  I rate Adonis Golden Ratio because it does not contain these myths.

Big muscles slow you down:

The popular myth that the bigger your muscles are, the slower you can move about emphasizes the fact that big muscles make a person more immobile and less agile. The truth is that the bigger your muscles are, the stronger and powerful they are. Working on these muscles only makes one faster and stronger.

Muscles get converted into fat:

Muscles can obviously not get converted into fat, as both muscles and fat are tissues and inter-conversion is out of question. Since muscles require a lot of energy, the more you work on them, the more calories you burn.

Change your routine to keep muscle-boredom at bay:

Though the above myth sounds funny, it is commonly heard that you should keeping changing your work-out routines and activities to prevent the muscles from experiencing monotony, as muscles get bored and stop giving the same good results they used to. The musculature of a human body is such that it cannot be altered. A muscle will continue bending or turning the way it always has. Whether you train it the same way every day, or give it a break – will definitely no matter to the muscle.

Fast work-outs help in shaping muscles, slow help in increasing mass:

This myth can be combatted with the fact that whether the muscles are subjected to rigorous or slow work-outs, they will only do what they can do – grow! The only way a muscle can change shape to an extent is by losing the fat surrounding it, if any. To an extent, the shape of the muscles is dependent on the size of the muscles and the fat.

Muscle mass diminishes in 48 hours:

Muscle mass remains unaltered as long as you keep working out. Many body-builders and athletes have said that once they gain the muscle mass, it remains the same and they keep working on it anyway.

Listen to your instinct while training:

Many youngsters and amateurs believe in this, to get better results. On the contrary, if you listen to your instincts, you will ignore what is good for your body and what type of training your body can withstand. The intention is to build muscle mass and gain muscle – and not lose it!

Muscles in pain grow bigger:

Another false fact doing the rounds is that you should keep training even when your muscles are in pain, to aid muscular growth; whereas the truth is exactly the opposite. In pain, the body gives up and refuses to respond. Time, energy and value is lost.

Excessive supplements increase muscle mass:

Supplements like creatine and the likes can give more energy to increase the mode of work-outs. But an overdose can do no good, as the extra bit goes to the kidneys and gets flushed out of the body.

Huge muscles can be obtained in natural ways:

No one can naturally have those over-grown muscles as seen in television and contests. Supplements like creatine aid in building big muscles, as the muscles gain water with its usage.

Impotency is caused by supplements:

Supplement overdose or abuse might result in this. But not all supplements and not always can cause impotency.

There are countless myths like:

  • Keep training till your body gives up
  • Give up on sugar
  • Eating more protein is futile
  • Fat-loss and muscle-gain cannot happen simultaneously
  • Weight training should be done before cardio
  • Fat in the diet is very bad
  • First stretch, then train
  • Train heavy to see better results

Nutrition-related myths:

The last thing you would want to do is fall for these diet-related myths and ruin your appetite.

Consumption of eggs could lead to heart problems: Though it is commonly said that egg-yolks are bad for health; they have their own benefits if consumed in moderation. They have B-complex vitamins which help to reduce inflammation and carotenoids which are good for the eyes.

Honey can be consumed instead of sugar: Honey contains a high percentage of the sugar fructose. Increased consumption of fructose lead to heart diseases, obesity and issue involving the liver.

Avoid fat from beef: Completely cutting down red meat is not good for health; as you miss out on the omega fatty acid derived from it, called CLA fat, which helps to promote fat-burning. Being a good source of protein, creatine, iron, minerals, amino acids; red meat has many benefits: the CLA component lowers blood pressure, reduces inflammation, helps to combats osteoporosis etc.

Don’t consume extra protein: Though it is believed that the extra protein a body-builder consumes leaches their blood calcium and interferes with calcium absorption, it is not true. Extra intake of protein, however, does cause dehydration. Thus, it’s important to keep hydrating yourself.

Don’t combine carbs with fats: It’s wrongly believed that carbs and fats when had together result in fat-gain.

Gluten-free diets help you lose weight: Gluten-intolerance is very common these days. That’s why many people avoid it. Gluten-free alternatives are not good options.

Right or wrong:

Myths or facts – one has to know the difference between the right and the wrong – what is right for the body and what is not. Blindly following what someone has to say is not right. At the end of the day – knowledge, balance between diet and training and a routine is of utmost importance.

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