Should I work out on an empty stomach? Can I eat whatever I want because I exercise? Fitness guru Sarah Robichaud helps us bust these food and fitness myths once and for all.
1. When working out in the morning, make sure you are on an empty stomach: False!
This all depends on personal preference. If you are working out early in the morning and need a little something, drink a small glass of orange juice. If you don't have fuel for your machine, you will not have a strong work out. If fat loss is something you are looking for, exercising in a fasted state helps the body to burn a higher percentage of fat but it is not necessary.
2. After a workout, eat lots of protein: True!
After a workout, eating protein helps repair our muscles but you don't need to overdo it! If you consume more, you may end up storing it as excess fat. Find a healthy balance but no need to pack on the meat!
3. You can eat anything because you work out: False!
Most people tend to overestimate the number of calories they actually burn in a one hour workout. Monitor and track your caloric intake, then keep an eye on the calories you burn when you're working out. When you eat more than your body needs, it will store the food, leading to weight gain. What's the point in fitness if your over eating is making you fall backwards?
4. Drinking water during exercise impairs performance: False!
Water is our best friend when it comes to fitness. Our bodies are made up of 65 - 90 per cent water so they rely on keeping that balance. When we are sweating and don't have enough water, we can go into heat exhausted, so keep drinking that H2O. A good tip is when you are done working out, drink three glasses of water for every pound lost.
5. Even if you're not sweating, you're still getting a good work out: True!
We all have a different response to exercise and our bodies all sweat at a different rate. For example, if you are working out in a cold gym, your body is working harder to heat itself, thus burning more calories. It is the intensity of your work out that counts, not the amount of sweat dripping down your forehead.
6. You have to wait at least two hours after eating dinner to exercise: False!
Once you've put your fork and knife down, you can get moving! Go for some low impact exercises to help with your digestions.