Women are definitely not protected from the lies in the diet and fitness industry. Big corporations and clever marketers have always found the right messages and techniques in order to lie to women and make them believe they need certain diet and fitness products. As women are generally more inclined towards beauty, they are inherently more susceptible to all of these marketing tricks.
In 2017, things are not as different as they were the years before. As a woman, here are the top 7 lies you need to be aware of when it comes to your fitness and diet.
1. Juicing is 100% Healthy
Even though there is some truth in this, juicing is definitely not a healthy option for you. Natural juices have their own share of calories, while lacking precious nutrients and fiber. There are over 7,000 juice bars spread all across the country, where countless women are spending a fortune to get healthy. If not there, you will find these women in the grocery stores, buying packaged juices that promise skin rejuvenation, hair shining and energy boost.
The problem is that the results are not there. Yes, there might be some weight loss, but that is mainly muscle mass. Most of the weight lost initially is then regained in the form of fat.
While fruits are presumably healthy choices, eating too many fruits or for that matter drinking too much juice will spike your insulin and blood sugar levels. Thus, more juice equals more sugar, and that equals more fat. Nevertheless, juicing is not destructive for your body when you do it in moderation. Just make sure you stick to the American Heart Association’s daily recommended sugar intake – 25 grams (source: https://authoritynutrition.com/how-much-sugar-per-day/)
2. Yoga Keeps you Healthy and Fit
Despite zillions of commercials that have tried to brainwash our society, you need to know that yoga will not do wonders for your body. Aside from making you more flexible and strengthening some muscle groups, do not expect too much from this activity.
According to a study conducted in 2012, women who participated in 60-minutes weekly yoga sessions ended up getting more muscles in their legs, but with no other added benefit. One year later, another study proved that 12 weeks of daily yoga did not have any effects whatsoever on participants’ health and fitness levels.
In the end, yoga might be beneficial for our spiritual beings, but it definitely not an activity meant to boost your level of fitness and health.
3. Detox is Imperative
Probably one of the biggest lies in our society is that detoxing is a must. However, numerous doctors and leading nutritional experts claim that our bodies do a perfectly fine job detoxing themselves. The whole idea behind this concept is that you need to rid your body of toxins. However, no one seems to know which toxins we need to rid our bodies of.
While true toxins do exist, they are mostly associated with drug & alcohol overdose, poisoning and ingestion of heavy metals. Do not fall into the trap set up by thousands of big corporations that just need to sell their so called “detox products and services”. In the end, this whole concept is purely a money-making machine.
4. The New “Female Viagra” is Legit
Few things will cure your libido problems, and one of them is testosterone. However, the new Viagra is not one of them. Also known as flibanserin, or Addyi, it was originally meant to treat depression, but women also experienced a positive effect on their sex drive. Researchers immediately jumped in and turned this drug into a gold mine for manufacturers and sellers.
This drug costs around $500 a month and needs to be taken daily. Some of the side effects include fatigue, dizziness and nausea. However, at best, Addyi might give you up to three satisfying sexual episodes a month, but nothing more. The solution could be much simpler and more cost effective. Testosterone replacement therapy is a much better and complete solution for your libido problems.
5. The HCG Diet is Perfect for you
Nothing could be further from the truth. The HCG diet plan might make you lose weight, but it is devastating for your body. You could lose just as much weight by simple following a similar diet but without taking the HCG drops. According to numerous users, the HCG drops makes them feel sluggish, decreases their memory retention capacity & focus, making them feel nauseated and draining them of energy.
It is best if you would stay away from following this diet. There are safer method to lose weight out there that come with no side effects whatsoever.
6. Vitamin-Enhanced Water is Just Perfect for you
This is yet another health and fitness lie that many women still believe in 2017. Vitamin waters contain a lot of worthless, wrong vitamins, plus a lot of added sugar. Add to that the fact that we have vitamins in everything we eat, drink or use, from cereals to toothpastes and hair products.
Unfortunately, few people are still willing to talk about the consequences of exceeding the daily requirements. Stop overvitaminizing yourself and you will feel much better.
7. Jogging will Help you Stay Fit
Lastly, and probably one of the most controversial lies about women’s health and fitness is that jogging is perfect for your health. The truth is that jogging will ruin your body. Jogging is physically undemanding and does not facilitate any visible changes in your body shape. On the other hand, exercises such as CrossFit training, rowing, lifting weights, sprinting or cardio are much better for your health.
Your body needs to be challenged in order to grow and to achieve higher levels of fitness. Every professional body builder or nutritional expert agrees with that. Thus, replace your morning jogging routine with circuit training, sprinting, Tabata training, skipping rope or even kettlebell swings. You will soon notice the difference in your body.