In the last installment of Fitness Myths I went over how small frequent meals have no impact on your metabolism and that overall calorie consumption is the most important thing when it comes to metabolism. This week I will debunk the myth that fasting causes your metabolism to slow down, when in reality, fasting will actually speed up your metabolism.
I know we have all heard it before,
“If you stop eating, your body will go into starvation mode and slow down your metabolism to conserve energy.”
I am not sure when this myth started or how it gained its popularity. Maybe it is due to a multi billion dollar industry that relies on people consuming snacks throughout the day in order for it to make a profit. But I digress. The myth states that when you consume smaller meals throughout the day your metabolism will increase more versus larger less frequent meals. This is based off the concept of thermodynamics. Put simply, when you consume calories your body requires energy to digest that food. Therefore, if you eat more frequently then your body would have to use more energy to digest the food, and this is completely correct. Unfortunately, your metabolism doesn’t care about how many meals you consume, all it cares about is the total number of calories.
What if I told you that stretching can do more harm than you think. What if I told you that stretching could be the reason why your lower back hurts.
"But Erik, that can't be, I have always been told that stretching is good for you and flexibility is key," says every single one of my clients.
And you aren't wrong when you make the statement above, stretching and flexibility are keys to a good bill of health, but these two methods tend to be overused and this overuse is what leads to injury. For example. the hamstrings are by far the most stretched muscle group, just walk into any gym and look at the stretches that people are doing. People constantly complain that their hamstrings feel "tight" all the time and that they have to stretch them.