Today, let’s discuss the 3 toxic myths about cardio and carbs that all beginners MUST break away from in order to achieve a balanced lifestyle (…and lean abs of steel too!)
Getting your mindset right is the #1 thing you have to conquer if you want to succeed with fitness and nutrition. As the popular saying goes, “You are your worst enemy and best asset”.
From mentoring many 1:1 private clients from all walks of life, I can tell you that the best and most successful clients are those with the right mindset and attitude, who aren’t plagued by incorrect beliefs about fitness and nutrition.
It’s myth-busters time, my friend! Time to align your mindset and make things right!
“I can find all the information I need online.”
Is this true? Well if you spend years and years researching and testing, perhaps you can. I tried that and failed actually, so let me share with you the problems I ran into for you to consider:
#1. You don’t know what you don’t know: Yes – the information is all out there. The answer to JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING is out there. Why doesn’t everyone have lean abs of steel yet? The answer is simple: They do not know who to listen to and what’s actually the right fit for them. Sometimes, you don’t even know what you are supposed to be looking for!
#2. Information is often incomplete: To balance workouts and nutrition, you require a complete set of strategies that all work together. You can’t just take a piece from A and a piece from B and then try to make it work.
#3. Information is at times outdated because things change FAST online: If you read something that was written more than 2 – 3 years ago, it probably has some degree of outdated information.
#4. Echo-chamber problem: People see something (that doesn’t work) and then talk about it just because they saw it online. Repeat this across 100 websites and you start to have a big problem.
This results in information overload, a waste of time, and a very confused and overwhelmed you.
I would know! I have tried every workout regimen and fad diet out there. And oh boy, there is a ton of incorrect information out there!
It is highly unlikely that you will successfully find all the right information you need and successfully piece everything together, without driving yourself crazy.
Whether it’s a 1:1 coach, a course, or simply a friend who is willing to mentor you – get guidance from someone who has done what you want to do.
“I need to be 100% perfect with my nutrition at all times.”
This is SO not true.
Nobody can be 100% spot-on with every calorie, macro and water intake all of the time…or at least not a regular person with a life.
If you’re a fitness competitor with a specific goal in sight, then YES. But for regular people wanting to lose a few pounds or just feel better it is just not necessary.
Life is to be lived in a balanced way. Anything done to extreme is simply not sustainable! The end-goal is to have a healthy and balanced lifestyle, right?!
I have personally had clients who work full-time, have children with lots of extracurricular activities…all the things…who still made it work, so I don’t see why you can’t either!
“I have to workout for hours a day…every day.”
WRONG! I have seen time and again that people think they have to chain themself to a treadmill or stair climber for hours and hours. Who wants to be tortured like this??
Excessive workouts, especially cardio, simply will not benefit you. It puts your body in survival mode. It throws your metabolism into a downward spiral. And if you’re not providing your body with the right nutrition, it will eventually break down leading to injuries and chronic fatigue.
Workouts that are around 30 minutes are proven to be more effective than long, grueling workout sessions. Why? In a 30-minute session, you are more focused and push harder, which leads to better results. You are more likely to be consistent because it fits into your already busy schedule.
Why is believing in these 3 myths problematic?
Because believing in these 3 myths will cripple you from taking action…the right action. Your confidence gets affected, you don’t seek guidance, and subsequently, you don’t transform your life.
As someone who helps people with fitness and nutrition for a living, I have seen breakthrough after breakthrough and I know that is is not difficult, people just don’t have the right guidance to succeed when it comes to developing a balanced lifestyle.
They search for stuff online fruitlessly, and when that doesn’t work, they give up. Then, they blame it on themselves, thinking they are not good or smart enough.
No! How else will there be millions of success stories if it was so hard? So they are all geniuses? No…they did it with the right strategies and through pure hard work.
It’s about learning the right strategies and putting in the work.
So take heart. YOU CAN DO THIS! Don’t for a second doubt yourself.
As always, I’m rooting for you in your health and fitness journey!