In this age of technology, consumers have the opportunity to find answers to their questions at the drop of a hat.

Need an answer on how to tie a tie? Watch a Youtube video.

Need to find out when an event happened? Wikipedia can probably tell you the answer.

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Don’t know where to find something? Usually you can just “Google it”.

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Having answers so quickly is incredibly convenient… and risky!

With the internet providing a platform for anyone who has an opinion, there is a lot of information out there that isn’t based on fact.

Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to decipher who is telling the truth and who is giving information based on an ulterior motive (i.e. selling their products) or even just ignorance.

I have compiled a list of the most popular fitness “advice” that clients have told me they have gotten from other so-called experts, and explain to you why I feel it’s some of the worst fitness advice they could receive.

1. If you want to lose weight you need to do a lot of cardio

If you want to lose weight, you need to eat right and exercise, we all know that much.

It’s not all about cardio 

What tends to happen is every “newbie” assumes that cardio exercise is the only way, or the best way to drop those unwanted pounds.

While cardio exercise is important, it is just one piece of the puzzle and just doing cardio will not elicit the results you are hoping for.

You see, our bodies are easily adaptable to cardio exercise, making it less efficient in its calorie-burning abilities in just a short period of time. If you were to hit the elliptical for 30 minutes at a moderate intensity 5 days a week, it will only be a couple of weeks before you begin to plateau.

Change up your cardio routine

There are of course, other ways such as: hill training, intervals, tabata, or switching the equipment: treadmill versus elliptical versus biking versus rowing etc.

But one thing is for sure – cardio will always be an easily adaptable exercise.

Not to mention, it can sometimes do your body more harm than good if the pounding of your weight causes too much pressure on your joints, the lactic acid and inflammation in the muscles can lead to cramping, stiffness, and even pain.

A balance of cardio and strength training is your best bet.

2. You need a TON of protein to lose weight and/or be healthier

Protein is great! Protein is found in a lot of great whole foods such as meats, poultry, fish, nuts, and dairy products.

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Protein provides the building blocks of muscle tissues and therefore aids in muscle recovery and the addition of lean muscle tissue.

However, protein still only needs to contribute a maximum of 30% of your daily caloric intake.

Protein overload

There are some nutritional supplement companies that will try and convince you that you need upwards of 120g of protein in your diet to aid in weight loss. Not so!

On average, women need 60-80g and men 80-100g of protein a day to support a healthy lifestyle. These numbers may be slightly increased for avid weight lifters and fitness professionals, but not for the average person.

Excessive protein intake

This can lead to dehydration, stress on the kidneys, excess abdominal fat, excess caloric intake and even mineral leaching from bones.

The key to nutrition: balance. 20-30% proteins, 20-30% fats, and 50-60% carbohydrates are the ideal ranges individuals should consume their foods.

3. Spot training

Sorry, you don’t get to pick where you lose weight.

You can target areas to increase strength and hopefully increase definition of those muscles, but if you are losing weight by overall diet and exercise, you don’t get to pick where it sheds first.

You might lose it in your belly, arms, legs, butt, shoulders, face, or chest.

If a program or trainer promises you that they can help you lose weight or “tone” a specific area without changing the composition of your body anywhere else, they probably don’t know what they are talking about.

* Side note for the women: weight training WILL NOT cause you to become “bulky”. There is a misconception that only fitness models and bodybuilding women lift weights because otherwise you will look “manly”. Not so.

These women work incredibly hard with highly regimented weight training and diet programs in order to achieve those results over the course of a few YEARS.

If you lift weights, even heavy ones, on a casual basis, you will accomplish nothing more than getting stronger, leaner, and more defined.

Avoid the bad fitness tips!

These bad pieces of advice are just the tip of the iceberg. As mentioned above there is a plethora of information out there: some good, some bad.

The important thing to remember is to do your own research and make sure you are using a credible source!

Find a personal trainer or dietitian who has a degree and certifications that qualify them to dole out advice. Make sure that the research you read is truly research, and has been tried and tested on multiple participants in multiple trials.

And third, remember that research is changing all the time. Advice we gave 20 years ago may no longer be relevant today.

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