3 Magazine Lies You’re Following

If you read any type of health or fitness magazine, you are probably reading a bunch of unscientific information.  For a lack of better term, we will it “bro-science”.  While much of it can sound pretty convincing. most of it is a bunch of lies.  I’m not saying that magazines are purposely putting this information out there, but there are a lot of magazine lies that you are probably following.  In this piece, I’m going to go over three main magazine lies that you might be following.

1. Weight Loss Diets

Have you ever read about a new diet in a magazine and gave it a try?  How did it work out for you?  Probably not favorably, right?  Why is that?  Well, mostly it’s because most diets today aren’t something you can adhere to due to the fact that many of them remove entire food groups and macronutrients like carbohydrates or fat.  Could you honestly say you’d never touch another piece of pizza?  Never again eat ice cream?  Or never touch a donut for the rest of your life?  (Now I’m hungry)  

These weight loss diets in magazines are simply nonsense magazine lies that we are supposed to think are gospel and will work for everyone.  The fact of the matter is that all diets have one thing in common… they force you into a caloric deficit.  Meaning, they want you to consume fewer calories than you need to maintain your weight.  Makes sense, no?   

Rather than believing these magazine lies, figure out how you can make your nutrition a lifestyle.  That means consuming protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates that won’t spike insulin.  The one thing you should try to remove from your diet and only consume in moderation is sugar.  Let’s face it, all of the delicious desserts you enjoy have sugar.  So, rather than eating them all the time, limit how much you consume and save those items for special occasions.

2. Workout Programs

There is no one size fits all workout that will give you the results you’re looking for.  Magazine lies want you to believe that if you follow this workout or that workout that you will get ripped or you’ll get super muscular.  Listen, all that work in the gym won’t mean anything if you don’t first have your nutrition and recovery in order.  You can exercise until you’re blue in the face, but if you aren’t resting to allow your body to recover or aren’t consuming foods that align with your goals, you’ll never see results.

Bottom line though, is that a program I give you that works might not work for your friend and vice versa.  Everyone reacts differently to exercise (and nutrition) and for that reason, you need to stop believing everything you read in magazines.  Sure, you can try a workout, but have the understanding that it isn’t the holy grail when it comes to getting you the results you desire.  Everything is trial and error.  You just need to figure out what your body will respond to (which is the toughest part).

3. Supplement Advice

If I had a penny for every time I heard a supplement company say they have the greatest thing since sliced bread, I’d be sailing in the ocean on the biggest yacht you’ve ever seen.  Do supplements HELP you reach your goals?  Absolutely.  But again, nothing works unless you do.  You need to stop believing these magazine lies that if you use this supplement or that supplement you will achieve x, y, or z.  It’s just not going to happen that easily.  You need to combine a proper workout routine, with a solid nutrition plan, and follow that all up with enough rest to allow your body the opportunity to make a change.  A supplement is there to give you a little extra boost, not do all of the work for you.

The job of a supplement company is to entice you to buy their product.  So, of course, they are going to make the product sound amazing.  They wouldn’t sell any product if they made it sound like a mediocre product or a product that “might” work for you.  They want you to have an emotional reaction after reading about their product so that you will open up your wallet and make a purchase.  And, I don’t blame them.  But you need to know going into it, that if you aren’t putting in the work with the three areas I keep hammering home, they won’t do you much good.

Article Courtesy Of Matt Weik