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Debunking 5 Major Fitness Myths

Some argue against working out on an empty stomach, while others caution against exercising with a full belly, leaving many confused about what to believe. Let's debunk some myths surrounding exercise and nutrition to clear up the confusion.

Debunking 5 Major Fitness Myths

There's conflicting advice about working out on an empty stomach versus exercising with a full belly. It can be confusing to know what to believe.

Debunking 5 Major Fitness Myths

Are you curious about how savvy you are when it comes to nutrition and exercise? Sridhar Varadaraj, the founder and managing partner of Zago, sheds light on some common misconceptions in fitness and nutrition.

As more people embrace fitness, it's vital to dispel counterproductive myths. Imagine not reaping the rewards of your workouts simply because you've been following incorrect advice or neglecting proper nourishment.

To maximize your efforts, it's crucial to gather accurate information before diving in. We're here to assist you in doing just that.

Myth 1: Proteins are just for pros

Proteins are essential for everyone! They not only aid in repairing internal and external damage but also support the immune system and overall wellbeing. In fact, the average human body requires about 1.4 grams of protein per kilogram of weight daily.

For those who exercise or lead an active lifestyle, it's crucial to consume a mix of carbohydrates and protein after a workout or strenuous activity. The recommended ratio of carbohydrates to protein is 3:1 or 4:1, as this combination helps the body resynthesize muscle glycogen more efficiently than carbohydrates alone.

Myth 2: Endurance athletes don’t need protein drinks

Nutrition is vital for athletes, including endurance athletes. While many focus on carbohydrate intake, protein is equally important. Endurance athletes require protein to repair muscle tissue damaged during training.

Myth 3: Proteins cause women to develop masculine muscles

Muscle development is influenced by female hormones, not protein intake. Proteins strengthen the body without causing a masculine appearance in women.

Myth 4: Non-vegetarians get sufficient protein

Despite consuming meat, many Indians are protein deficient. Women, in particular, need to consume at least 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight for optimal functioning.

Myth 5: Carbo-loading the night before a race is necessary

Carbo-loading should occur throughout training rather than just before a race. Proper carbo-loading ensures muscles are filled with glycogen, allowing for optimal performance and preventing fatigue during the race.

Now that we've debunked these myths, let's discuss the nutrition needed to support our workouts. While post-workout protein is essential, the hassle of mixing and measuring protein powders can be avoided with Zago's range of ready-to-drink health drinks, ideal for fitness-conscious urbanites.

"As an avid mountaineer, ultra-marathoner, and triathlete, I've experienced firsthand the importance of nutrition for training and race performance. Whether you're an athlete or simply aiming for general fitness, exercising without proper nutrition is counterproductive. That's why I founded Zago, offering convenient, healthy nutrition for modern urbanites, whether post-workout or between meals," adds Sridhar Varadaraj.

Now that you're equipped with the knowledge to optimize your workouts, there's no excuse to delay. Get out there and get fit!