I’ve been wrong plenty of times by delving out information that I believed to be correct at the time that just wasn’t. Of course there was no ill intent on my part; I was sharing the best mix of evidence and experience that I had access to. Nowadays science is evolving so quickly and research is being done with such frequency that good ‘health care providers’ should be adapting their opinions based on the latest scientific support. If a trainer or coach has done everything the exact same way for the last 3, 5 or 10 years they’re not doing their homework!
The point of this article is to clear up a few things that I have more accurate information on now and to give you the best information I’ve come across to date.
I believed that eating more ‘alkaline’ foods like greens and fruit and less ‘acidic’ foods like meat and dairy would help make your body less ‘acidic’ and more ‘alkaline.’ The truth is our body has a very tight regulation on blood PH (how acidic or alkaline) because it’s such a sensitive life or death process that our diet has very little impact on it. Now I’m not saying don’t eat your fruits and veggies (eat em!) or diet doesn’t matter I’m just pointing out that something like the ‘Alkaline Diet’ isn’t going to impact your blood PH in a massive way.
I never used to emphasize walking all that much, I emphasized lifting heavy weights in the gym and minimizing a ton of ‘cardio’ to get the best ‘gainzzz’ possible. Now that my meathead days are behind me (my family and friends may say otherwise) I just shake my head at my recommendations of limiting the best form of movement out there. My outlook now is that walking is more important than lifting weights, sprinting or doing yoga. It’s priority number one on the movement front, we humans are meant to walk A LOT so get those steps in.
The metabolism is calorie dependent not frequency of feeding dependent, meaning it doesn’t matter how many times per day you eat, what matters is your total intake daily. Gone are the days of ‘needing’ to eat five or six times from morning to night, not only is it a ton of meal prep it’s just a straight up hassle. Now I will say if you’re eating five or even ten times a day and you like it that way don’t change a thing, there’s nothing wrong with it however, if you prefer eating two or three meals don’t think you’re doing yourself a disservice by doing so.
Fasting Makes Muscles Tiny
I’ve experimented a bunch with intermittent fasting over the past few years which is basically eating dinner and then eating breakfast a little later than normal or skipping it and going straight to lunch the following day. So if I ate dins at 6 p.m. and then ‘lunch’ the next day at 10 a.m. I was essentially ‘fasting’ for 16 hours. Initially I thought my biceps were going to fall off and disappear in a matter of days, turns out that ain’t the case. These periods of fasting can actually have some pretty cool health benefits such as improved insulin sensitivity (ability to handle carbohydrates) as well as something called autophagy, which is a fancy term for cell turnover or the body ‘cleaning’ itself up.
These aren’t the only things I’ve gotten wrong but they’re a few of the big ones that seem to really be sticking around in the mainstream media. I hope this article cleared up a few points of contention for ya!