Don’t believe everything you hear; especially if it is about nutrition and especially if it is online. With the vast amounts of conflicting information available, it can be tough for athletes to separate the facts from the fiction. Luckily, Insports Centers is here to help.
Here are some of the most common myths about sports nutrition, and the truths behind them:
Myth: Carbohydrates make you gain weight.
Eating a surplus of calories (no matter where they come from – even grilled chicken) makes you gain weight. Carbohydrates have earned a bad reputation from the fitness community, but they are the body’s primary source of energy and an essential part of any athlete’s diet. You can learn more about carbohydrates here.
Myth: Pure water is always the best choice for rehydration.
While it’s true that water is never a bad choice, it isn’t always the best. When we sweat, we excrete more than pure water: we also lose valuable electrolytes such as sodium and potassium. If you have just completed a rigorous workout, sports drinks are a better replenishment option than water – just try to limit them when you are not exercising.
Myth: Simple sugars should be avoided at all times.
Your body converts carbohydrates into glycogen, which is the body’s primary source of energy. Simple sugars – such as glucose, fructose, and lactose – are easier for your body to convert, and therefore produce a more immediate result. When your glycogen levels are low, you will feel lethargic and your performance will suffer as a result.
Myth: The perfect ratio of macronutrients is…
60% carbohydrates; 20% proteins; and 20% fats. Or is it 40% carbohydrates; 30% proteins; and 30% fats? The truth is, there is no such thing as a “perfect” macronutrient ratio. Every athlete has different nutritional needs based on their metabolism, training schedule, intensity, and body composition.
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