Top 5 Biggest Body Building Myths Debunked

There is a lot of great information today about bodybuilding. However, there is a lot information out there today that is not true. It is important to debunk myths so that you can get the most out of your training.

Myth: You Will Burn 50 Extra Calories For Every Pound of Muscle That you Add

Fact: You will burn extra calories when you build muscle. However, scientific studies have shown that a person only burns 6 to 10 extra calories for every pound of muscle that you build. Many people are frustrated because they are not getting the results that they want. Overestimating the number of calories that you burn can hinder your results.

Building muscle is important because you will burn more calories during your cardio workouts.

Myth: You Have to eat Protein Right After you Finish Working Out

Fact: You may have been told that you have to eat protein within 30 to 60 minutes of working out. While it is important to consume protein after working out, you do not have to eat it immediately after working out. As long as you eat protein within a few hours of working out, you will be able to supply your muscles with the fuel that they need in order to recover.

The time that you ingest the protein is not as important as the amount that you consume. If you regularly ingest protein throughout the day, then you will be able to ensure that you get enough of this nutrient.

Myth: It is Impossible to Build Muscle and Burn Fat the Same Time

Fact: This myth has no truth to it. You can certainly burn fat while you build muscle. You need to create a calorie deficit in order to burn fat. However, you do not need a calorie surplus to build muscle. It is also important to note that muscle cannot be turned into fat or vice versa.

Your body can use the stored fat as energy. Furthermore, the more fat you have on your body, the easier it will be for you to build muscle.

Myth: Eating Carbs Late at Night can Lead to Weight Gain

Fact: It is understandable why people believe this myth. Most of us are more active during the day than we are at night. If you eat carbs late at night, then your body is likely to store them as fat because you are not burning them. Additionally, your body is not as sensitive to insulin, and your metabolism slows down.

However, your body’s resting metabolic rate stays the same all day. That is why the time of the day that you eat carbs really does not matter. If you exercise during the day, then you can increase your metabolic rate.

There is actually a study that proves that eating carbs late at night can have the opposite effect for some people. The study showed that people who ate 80 percent carbs late at night lost more weight than those who ate most of their carbs during the day. This does not mean that you should eat most of your carbs at night. However, if you are hungry, then there is nothing wrong with eating a meal or snack that is filled with healthy carbs.

Myth: Steady State Cardio Will Cause you to Lose Gains

Fact: High-intensity interval training is extremely popular. In fact, it has lead to the decline in steady state cardio. Many people think that doing steady state cardio is counterproductive if you are a bodybuilder. However, studies have shown that steady state cardio does not cause people to lose gains. It is also important to note that you are more likely to get injured during high-intensity interval training.