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Take a look at this article written by Dan How, The Bigger Body Coach. Here, he tells you all about those fitness facts that are actually just a bunch of myths:

The fitness industry is full of bollocks. There’s so much money to be made that companies are marketing their products on increasingly laughable claims to scam the Average Joe.

While the source of many fitness myths is the supplement companies and fitness models who are trying to sell more protein powder, there are also a lot of old school myths still being passed around that are equally stupid:
“My mate used to be a body builder and he said to drink raw eggs.” Jog on mate, this ain’t the 80’s….

1. Eating carbs late at night will make you fat

The idea behind this popular myth, like many others, is based on pure logic. Carbs are our bodies first source of short-term energy. At night we’re resting, and so we don’t need this type of energy. Therefore eating carbs at night will result in fat gain, because our bodies won’t have any use for the carbs so they’ll be instantly turned into fat.

This is wrong on many levels, but I’ll only point out its two main flaws. The first one is that our bodies only convert the food we eat to fat when we’re in a caloric surplus – that is, when we’ve eaten more energy than our bodies have burned off. If you work On The Tools chances are that you’ll be burning off plenty already.

So if you’re not in a caloric surplus, it doesn’t matter what you eat or when you eat it – it will be burned as energy for your body NOT converted to fat.

The second fact is that our bodies don’t simply turn off at night. Our brain and bodily functions require energy to continue functioning even while we sleep.

I personally ONLY eat carbs at night after a days work. For the reason behind that refer to my previous article here: The food that gets you ‘On The Tools!’

2. You can confuse your muscles to make them grow faster

This myth is a more recent one. The idea behind it is that after doing an exercise for a while, your body gets used to it and your progress stops. Tell that to a scaffolder who has been lifting the same size and weight tubes for 20 years.

By simply changing an exercise for another you can “confuse” your muscles and cause them to grow.

My arse you can. Our muscles don’t have brains inside of them so can’t be tricked.

3. There are certain foods that will cause you to gain fat

Whether it’s carbs, fats, fry ups or biscuits—there are plenty of foods out there that people think are “evil” fat-causing foods. But there’s no such thing.

Your body may absorb a greater percentage of the calories in particular foods, but the fact is that you must take into account the rest of your diet in order to be able to accurately predict the outcome of eating something specific. For example, if you eat a set 1 for breakfast and eat a light diet throughout the rest of your day working On The Tools you’ll likely be nowhere near the amount of calories needed to gain weight. However, if your fat guv’nor eats that same fry up and then eats 5000 calories from Greggs while doing F.A on site all day – he’s probably going to end getting fatter.

4. Lifting more often will get better gains

More lifting weights at the gym = more muscle gains, right?

Wrong. When you train with weights you break down your muscles. Just like at work. When you rest is when you repair the damage and grow. By banging out more and more gym sessions you aren’t doing yourself any favours. The take home lesson here is: go hard in the gym, and then focus on resting and eating to recover and build muscle. This way you can go just as hard during your next session, if not even harder. For those that work On The Tools id advise two gym sessions per week.

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