A popular magazine recently boasted the headline of “8 Lies Trainers Tell You.”
This quickly peaked my interest.
Lies! Me? No way.
I read the article and was not impressed. The “lies” were nothing but a bunch of fitness myths, nothing worth repeating and definitely nothing that I’ve told my clients.
Then I got to thinking about all the lies that fitness magazines try to get us to believe, and realized that this was the real story to tell.
So here you have it – 8 Lies Fitness Magazines Tell You:
Lie #1: You need fancy diet foods to lose weight.
Designer, brand name protein powders, bars and diet foods grace the glossy pages – looking gourmet and mouthwatering. And very expensive. The bold claims on these “foods” make them quite tempting, but keep your wallet in your pocket. Healthy weight loss is best gotten by eating a diet of wholesome, real foods.
- Eat real food, not expensive diet foods.
Lie #2: Transformations are simple. Eat less and move more.
So many of the one-page success stories water-down the truth about what it takes to transform from ‘before’ to ‘after’. In order to showcase their reader’s successes, one hundred pound melt-downs are condensed to a few paragraphs which undoubtedly say “Suzy ate small meals and exercised 60 minutes 3 to 4 times per week.” I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but massive transformations take much more effort and laser-like focus than that.
- Don’t believe that massive body transformations are easy, expect to put in hard work and dedication.
Lie #3: You need the latest fitness fashions in order to see results.
The latest fashions look great on those fitness models. Who knew that spandex could come in so many flashy colors and styles? And all the benefits of that hundred dollar tank top seem totally worth it, right? Actually your old t-shirt works just as well as the fancy stuff.
- You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on fitness fashion, the pounds will melt off just as quickly in a faded t-shirt.
Lie #4: You can still eat junk food and look like a cover model.
By now I’m sure you’re seeing the trend of less-than-healthy advertisements peppered throughout your favorite fitness magazine. A common theme is to offer “healthy” versions of your favorite junk foods. While these lighter versions may very well be healthier than the originals, its still packaged junk that will slow your results.
- “Healthy” junk food is still junk, so choose wholesome, real foods instead.
Lie #5: You can get flat abs in just a couple of weeks.
Catchy headlines sell magazines. Flat Abs in 3 Weeks! Get a Killer Core by Summer! Rock Hard Abs Fast! The truth is that real results take time. You didn’t pack on all those unwanted pounds in 3 weeks, so don’t expect to lose it in 3 weeks.
- Don’t believe headline-hype, real results take real time.
Lie #6: Pills will get you the results you want.
Fat burning pills. Cleanse pills. Vitamin pills. Super Food pills. You name the pill and it’s probably on display in a pretty ad depicting fitness models with perfect physiques. Be wary of any bottle of pills with extraordinary claims.
- Results do not come in pill form, but by hard workouts and solid nutrition.
Lie #7: Don’t eat carbs, unless it’s carbs from our advertisers.
On one page you’ll read about the horrors of carbohydrates and how cutting back will get you to effortlessly drop pounds. On the next you’ll see a super lean fitness model holding up a piece of whole wheat bread with a sassy smile. She eats this brand of bread, so you should too if you want to look like her. Which page do you believe?
- Carbohydrate intake must be controlled, regardless of its brand.
Lie #8: You don’t need a trainer to achieve maximum results.
A recurring theme in fitness magazines is the idea that you can do your body transformation on your own – no personal trainer needed. It’s a great theme for the magazine since it means you’ll keep buying the latest issue for your fitness advice. The truth is that people serious about achieve amazing transformations always seek out professional coaching to ensure their success.
- Real results are achieved with the guidance of a professional trainer.
Don’t always believe the hype your hear or read. It takes hard work, dedication, commitment and consistency to get to your goal.
Keep working towards those goals!