Before I get to today’s blog I wanted to show you a quick picture from last weekend’s Hallowe’en party. Our friends LM and MM always seem to out do themselves with their parties. And this year was no exception. If over-indulging helps us to resist nutritional lapses down the road than I should be good for a while.
Below is a picture of me as a Roman centurion, my wife as a Greek Goddess (who says Romans and Greeks can’t get along?) and my brother as Black Swan.
Now on the topic of the day, nutritional myths.
Have you ever heard something related to nutrition and wondered if it’s true or not? Maybe it’s something such as:
* Eating chocolate is not only ok, it’s healthy for you.
* Red wine offers a number of health benefits and means drinking is ok.
* Don’t eat anything after 7 pm if you want to lose weight.
Have you heard these before? Or maybe something similar?
I’m sure you have. And sometimes just the fact that something gets repeated enough times can make us start to wonder if it’s true or not.
There are even terms for the type of training related information that get’s passed around so readily. For example people will refer to ‘gym science’ or ‘bro-science’ to describe the information that is passed around gyms.
Unfortunately two things do not change the truth of your training information:
1. The physique of the messenger.
2. The number of people echoing the same message.
Let me explain these 2 conditions.
In the first situation we might ascribe expertise to someone who is:
* heavily muscled
* very lean and has good muscle definition
* looks good in their lululemon
But the fact is we can’t assume the information coming the messenger is accurate simply because the messenger looks like what we’d like to look like.
Case in point, would you take advice at the gym from this guy?
Most people probably wouldn’t. And Mike Boyle knows this. Yet he is one of the best strength coaches around, especially if you play hockey.
And what about some of the other gym myths that you always hear on the training room floor?
‘Don’t lift heavy weights if you don’t want to get bulky’
‘Deadlifts wrecked my back so I stay away from them’
‘I want to lose some weight so I do my cardio in my fat-burning zone’ (that’s a favourite of mine which I’ll cover at another time)
And as confusing as training can sometimes seem with all the ‘fit’ people preaching the same message, nutrition can feel even more overwhelming.
‘Can I eat carbs?’
‘Should I be eliminating saturated fat from my diet?’
There are many more nutritional questions we face every day. And what our answers are and how we act on them will have the largest impact on the success of our training.
I’ll wait to let the impact of that last sentence sink in for a second.
What you do, or don’t do, nutritionally is going to slingshot you to your goal(s) or hold up your progress more than you can imagine.
With this in mind I’ve put together a nutritional seminar for you.
In it I’ll cover many of the most popular and common nutritional myths floating around. If you’re a current training client you get in for free. Plus you can bring a guest for half price.
Here are the details:
The Top Nutritional Myths
Date: November 29, 2011
Time: 7 pm
Location: Okanagan Peak Performance Inc. training facility
Cost: Free to current training clients who may also bring a guest for 1/2 price. Otherwise $20 before November 25, 2011. $30 at the door space permitting.
To grab your free ticket simply reply in the comments section to confirm you are attending.
See you on the 29th.