Exercise Myths Busted

There is so much information out there surrounding food and nutrition and with it being the new year it’s at the height of saturation. As Registered Dietitians we are here to help nourish you with evidence based science. We are by no means the food police and want you to have the right answers when you are choosing items to fuel your hustle so here are the top 4 myths we’ve addressed lately!

Myth: Electrolyte drinks are best during your workout.

Depending on your exercise modality water is typically the best choice. Let’s say it’s a hot summer day and you have an all day soccer tournament as an adult. Water is what you will need for everything leading up to the event and up to 90 minutes in. After that about 8oz of an electrolyte supplement could be used. Then back to water you go.

Myth: Chugging a protein shake after your workout is the best option.

Having a mix of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are a more well rounded approach to rebuilding muscle tissue after a workout. The optimal window to re-feed is 30-60 minutes but lasts up to 2 hours depending on the individual.

Myth: Carbohydrates are bad for your health.

Carbohydrates are the bodies preferred source of energy and are full of beneficial nutrients like fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Myth: To lose weight, I need to eat less.

There is no one size fits all approach to weight loss. To top this fact, eating too little, much like eating too much can have a negative effect on overall health. There are tweaks we can make in the diet to help aid in weight loss but we also must look at the overall lifestyle as well (sleep habits, stress patterns, exercise, etc).