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Posts made in February, 2013

Head-shaking moments…

By on Feb 8, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Probably every professional has moments where people outside of their field of expertise just don’t get it. It can be frustrating when simple truths that you take for granted can be so widely misunderstood, or ignored, by the larger public. My problem is that widespread poor health, diet and exercise ruins lives and has a wildly detrimental effect on society. So I guess my shake-your-head moments Top 3 was always going to go something like this: 1. “I don’t want to get too big” Usually coming from women, or from 10st guys, this really tends to wind up anyone who has put in some significant time under a barbell. It suggests that you think it’s easy to add muscle, and that if you’re not careful, you’re going to end up bigger than a barn door just by doing a few curls and sipping a protein shake. It takes YEARS of hard work and dedication, and intelligent training, to add appreciable size. To suggest otherwise belittles the work of people who have done it. In the case of women, you aren’t going to get too big. Won’t happen. Doesn’t happen. Can’t happen without drugs. You just don’t have the hormones for it. You’ll gain muscle, sure, but not at the rate that you’ll suddenly wake up looking like a female hulk. 99.9% of women who say “I don’t want to squat, my thighs are too big already” simply need to lose fat. In my experience, I”ve never seen a woman with too much MUSCLE on her legs. 2. Fat makes you fat No, it doesn’t. Excess calories (in any form) contribute to fat gain. By far the biggest contributor to fat gain, though, is excess calories through excess sugar. And it’s everywhere. Especially in those low-fat options that people typically choose when going on a diet. Whilst your body NEEDS fat (yes, really, it needs all kinds of fat – even the so-called bad saturated fats), it doesn’t need sugar. You cannot function without consuming dietary fats. Your body will work just fine with minimal sugar. It’s not that sugar is particularly ‘bad’ – it’s just that it contributes a LOT of pointless calories to a diet. And, if we’re being...

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