Health and Fitness

Four Diet/Fitness Myths, Busted by Fitness Trainer, Damien Woodson

MYTH 1: Muscle turns into fat and fat turns into muscle:

Muscle and fat have two different functions in the body.  Muscle can be compared to the engine.  It takes in “gasoline”: energy in the form of carbs, fat and protein, and uses it to “run” or operate.  In this case, to contract the muscle. Muscle is the engine and fat is the fuel.  One doesn’t turn into the other even though it looks and feels like it.  More fat may appear to be present as the muscle gets smaller from inactivity, or fat will increase in that area for the same reason, but no conversion is taking place.

MYTH 2: Low Carb Confusion (Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs):

Most individuals believe that all carbs are bad.  They don’t understand that carbs are absolutely essential for muscle contraction and clear thinking. Carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel used by the body to function.  Without carbs, your workouts, recovery and results would be frustratingly subpar.

Learn to differentiate between “good carbs” and “bad carbs”: Vegetables, fruit and high fiber grains would be considered good carbs while rice, pasta, low fiber breads/bagels, soda/pop/alcoholic beverages, candy, and confectionery goods etc. would be considered bad.  Both are very helpful for an effective training program, but need to be used at different times and with differing amounts.  For example, the “bad carbs” absorb really quickly and can be a better form of short and therefore long term recovery than the slower absorbing “good carbs.” I introduce a healthy eating plan to my clients; one that consists of primarily good carbs and a fraction of “bad carbs” used at the right times and in the right amounts.

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