If you are new to bodybuilding or weight loss then there is a good chance that you are clueless about everything. You might end up on fitness sections, sweeping through numerous articles to get you started. It’s just an overload of information and not everything you find is true. Some methods may work for you, some may not but the key is to keep on trying. On that note, we know there are few extant gym myths that have been repudiated by many professional athletes and following or believing them is just a colossal waste of time. Hence, peeps, let’s bust some myths. Go, mythbusters!
I can spot reduce my problem areas
This is only possible if you go for liposuction. The ugly-looking belly fat is going to go last. So, don't be disheartened if you see no results after a few workout sessions.
A protein bar is a good substitute for a meal
Well, nothing can replace natural proteins. A protein bar is highly processed and highly processed food require fewer calories to digest.
Calcium comes only from dairy products
You can get calcium from vegan sources like broccoli and sesame seeds, but in order to get the recommended intake of elemental calcium, you need to eat plenty for it to be absorbed.
You can gain after 40
This sounds more like an excuse for lazy old uncles to avoid going to the gym. It may be a tad bit harder to gain but it’s certainly not impossible. Consulting a physician before working out is advised.
The more you sweat, the more fat you lose
No! Just no. This is plain wrong. You can't sit in a dark empty room with no windows or ventilation, sweat, and then expect to lose fat, can you?
Doing cardio before weights will help you get shredded faster
We can understand why this is such a common misconception among gym rats but believe it or not, tired muscles won't let you lift heavy.
BCAAs are the same as protein
In your gym locker, you must have overheard guys loosely referring BCAAs as protein and vice versa. To a newbie, everything seems complicated so let us break it down for you.
Protein is a complex of several amino acids whereas BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids) consists of three amino acids namely: L-leucine, L-isoleucine and L-valine. In general, your body requires 20 amino acids, of which 10 are essential and three of them are the ones mentioned above. These three are required for serious muscle growth. Hence, it’s advisable to drink BCAA before and after a workout to prevent them from a breakdown.
Now that you know, don't fall prey to the age old gym myths and do your own research. If you any other gym myths let us know in the comments below.