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What the worst fitness/diet/lifestyle advice you ever received?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 06, 2013 at 4:19 AM

What are some of the worst advice you have received about lifestyle/diet or fitness? I was recently told by my bf mother that if I increased my dumbbell weights I will get bulky like a man. She also that overweight people can have healthy. (even if they are 50 or more pounds overweight) The second part I can believe.

0277d31384ec7f53beb3c9f302803dc9

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on October 06, 2013
at 05:52 PM

That advice worked beautifully for me for weight loss. But clearly it is not right for everyone. Particularly, it seems that people who are close to their ideal weight don't do as well on high fat, low carb.

Did people know you had hypothyroidism when they gave you that advice? Just curious, why did you follow that advice for a year if it wasn't working for you?

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on October 02, 2013
at 03:51 PM

I'm enjoying the effects of moderating protein. It's the lowest source of calories in my diet. I eat moderate carb, high fat, fairly low protein, but I also don't measure so maybe I get more than I think from sources like cheese and even potatoes...

E57c7c65c3eaab51f9ffe613fd87475f

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on October 02, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Same here, add some healthy fats. Meanwhile, I still have no period and finally started eating carbs and feel so much better, more motivated and hopefully will get my period back!

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on September 15, 2013
at 07:21 AM

Iwas told to go on a low fat diet, to eat chick peas and beans, cut out red meat and eat more soy. It was bland and boring but i maintained my weight (I plateaued for about a year in other words!).

The worst bit of advice was when I was told to "eat more" I was't told what to eat just "eat more" 'cos I wasn't getting enough calories apparently.

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on September 10, 2013
at 02:44 AM

I literally did this exact thing like four years ago!! Ended up with like 60 Reese's Cups (thankfully it took me about a year to go through them).

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on September 10, 2013
at 01:29 AM

why is this terrible advice? I'm actually curious...

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on April 07, 2013
at 06:31 PM

Theres quite a few gurus who promote protein restriction as a means for longevity, I believe Paul Jaminet is one of them. While that may be true, I just didn't feel right with anything under 150G+ a day.

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on April 07, 2013
at 04:39 PM

There's a really, really important distinction between discomfort from stretching your limits and pain from damaging something. In my experience they break down roughly into muscle pain and joint pain, but not always. I agree, that expression should be banned except among experienced individuals who know how to apply it.

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on April 07, 2013
at 11:30 AM

haha magical-cure-all

81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

(638)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:19 AM

Eww margarine tastes soo yuck now I have been eating butter for over a year! I actually can't stand the taste of marg now!!!

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

(502)

on April 07, 2013
at 03:07 AM

True that, it's really stretched out my colon too. I just wish I had known what was going on when I was a small constipated child.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 07, 2013
at 03:06 AM

lol...who told ya that..papa john :) eheh IIFYM

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

(502)

on April 07, 2013
at 03:05 AM

I felt this way but only on VLC. I think my brain just really wanted more glucose.

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

(502)

on April 07, 2013
at 03:03 AM

Oh god... I was the same way with reeses. I wasn't too sad about it but I got many stomach aches. Peanut butter too. Something about peanuts turns off my satiation switch and I eat it until I hurt. I remember one halloween I traded all my other candy for reeses, it didn't matter how unfair the trade seemed. It didn't matter if they wanted 5 snickers for a peanut butter cup, it was worth it.

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on April 06, 2013
at 08:28 PM

Fiber makes me irregular. UG!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 06, 2013
at 06:23 PM

I honestly have never heard this. I've heard arguments against high protein, but not pro-low-protein. Regarding "*I'm almost sure I'm in the minority here, but it seems like the more protein I eat, the better I feel, look, and the less "brain fog" I have.*" -- why on earth do you think you'd be the only person who feels that way here at PH of all places? ;-)

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 06, 2013
at 06:21 PM

This still makes me sad when I hear it. My mother and sister (who is 13 years older than I) learned about health in the 80s and 90s, and to this day shy away from even the simplest, happy forms of fat. Yet: Snackwell's in the cupboards, and on Weight Watchers for years.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 06, 2013
at 06:19 PM

I've heard this from some of my gym rat type friends. I think this comes from the dark annals of broscience.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 06, 2013
at 06:18 PM

LOL, yes .

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on April 06, 2013
at 04:18 PM

Unfortunately, especially for women, there are too many body types and fluctuating hormones to consider. I do awesome on a 30% protein, 20% carb, and 50% fat diet, but I would never EVER *EVER* suggest my girlfriend do that because she's just a completely different body type than I am. I think it's women who vary that much from person to person, too.

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on April 06, 2013
at 03:24 PM

+ 1 .

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 06, 2013
at 03:24 PM

+1 .

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 06, 2013
at 03:17 PM

word it's the fucking stupidest advice I've ever heard. I had a bigger libido as an 58lb carb eating anorexic than I did as a "healthy" high fat dieter.

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on April 06, 2013
at 03:07 PM

Once paleo, and not losing the weight I wanted, I got told again and again to eat more fat. I ended up on a 10% carbs, 30% protein, 60% fat paleo diet, lost my period for over a year, no energy, always cold, always hungry, dull skin etc, couldn't lose weight on 1200cals a day. I had hypothyroidism and should have been adding more carbs, not more fat!

Medium avatar

(1097)

on April 06, 2013
at 04:18 PM

Unfortunately, especially for women, there are too many body types and fluctuating hormones to consider. I do awesome on a 30% protein, 20% carb, and 50% fat diet, but I would never EVER *EVER* suggest my girlfriend do that because she's just a completely different body type than I am. I think it's women who vary that much from person to person, too.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 06, 2013
at 03:17 PM

word it's the fucking stupidest advice I've ever heard. I had a bigger libido as an 58lb carb eating anorexic than I did as a "healthy" high fat dieter.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 06, 2013
at 03:24 PM

+ 1 .

E57c7c65c3eaab51f9ffe613fd87475f

(80)

on October 02, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Same here, add some healthy fats. Meanwhile, I still have no period and finally started eating carbs and feel so much better, more motivated and hopefully will get my period back!

0277d31384ec7f53beb3c9f302803dc9

(30)

on October 06, 2013
at 05:52 PM

That advice worked beautifully for me for weight loss. But clearly it is not right for everyone. Particularly, it seems that people who are close to their ideal weight don't do as well on high fat, low carb.

Did people know you had hypothyroidism when they gave you that advice? Just curious, why did you follow that advice for a year if it wasn't working for you?

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5dd50f78f47b8848d93724d6eb38d4c1

on April 06, 2013
at 08:41 AM

"add more fat".

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 06, 2013
at 03:24 PM

+1 .

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 06, 2013
at 06:18 PM

LOL, yes .

1deaea445ff3b1cb5d1354a043dc8fb7

(275)

on April 07, 2013
at 11:30 AM

haha magical-cure-all

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657682ed96bc66d0bea7eb7aa40ab123

(153)

on April 06, 2013
at 05:23 AM

No pain, no gain.

Had I followed that for any length of time, I would have given up on my own health through sheer despair.

Enjoying movement, food, sunlight, outdoor activities, etc, was crucial for my ownership of my well being.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on April 07, 2013
at 04:39 PM

There's a really, really important distinction between discomfort from stretching your limits and pain from damaging something. In my experience they break down roughly into muscle pain and joint pain, but not always. I agree, that expression should be banned except among experienced individuals who know how to apply it.

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Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on April 06, 2013
at 11:33 AM

"why don't you try eating a little bit of candy every day, then maybe it wouldn't be this big forbidden thing and you could get over your obsession with it" - my mother, who has no conception that some of us are completely incapable of eating "a little bit of candy" and would instead end up sobbing on the couch surrounded by empty bags of Reeses cups 2,500 calories later :(

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

(502)

on April 07, 2013
at 03:03 AM

Oh god... I was the same way with reeses. I wasn't too sad about it but I got many stomach aches. Peanut butter too. Something about peanuts turns off my satiation switch and I eat it until I hurt. I remember one halloween I traded all my other candy for reeses, it didn't matter how unfair the trade seemed. It didn't matter if they wanted 5 snickers for a peanut butter cup, it was worth it.

5
33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

on April 06, 2013
at 05:19 AM

To eat more fiber for regularity and general health.

8292546789ca48c32ead34c6e884d059

on April 06, 2013
at 08:28 PM

Fiber makes me irregular. UG!

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

(502)

on April 07, 2013
at 03:07 AM

True that, it's really stretched out my colon too. I just wish I had known what was going on when I was a small constipated child.

4
B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on April 07, 2013
at 03:17 AM

"try it! i heard it on Dr. Oz"

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C07939fb80c1f445cbb5b0469d665a8e

on April 06, 2013
at 04:48 PM

Go low protein.

I'm almost sure I'm in the minority here, but it seems like the more protein I eat, the better I feel, look, and the less "brain fog" I have.

C07939fb80c1f445cbb5b0469d665a8e

(470)

on April 07, 2013
at 06:31 PM

Theres quite a few gurus who promote protein restriction as a means for longevity, I believe Paul Jaminet is one of them. While that may be true, I just didn't feel right with anything under 150G+ a day.

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

(502)

on April 07, 2013
at 03:05 AM

I felt this way but only on VLC. I think my brain just really wanted more glucose.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 06, 2013
at 06:23 PM

I honestly have never heard this. I've heard arguments against high protein, but not pro-low-protein. Regarding "*I'm almost sure I'm in the minority here, but it seems like the more protein I eat, the better I feel, look, and the less "brain fog" I have.*" -- why on earth do you think you'd be the only person who feels that way here at PH of all places? ;-)

Medium avatar

(624)

on October 02, 2013
at 03:51 PM

I'm enjoying the effects of moderating protein. It's the lowest source of calories in my diet. I eat moderate carb, high fat, fairly low protein, but I also don't measure so maybe I get more than I think from sources like cheese and even potatoes...

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B7cf75d31f474e58cbb691c8a542679f

on April 06, 2013
at 04:42 PM

(early 90s)

A low fat diet is the best for you.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 06, 2013
at 06:21 PM

This still makes me sad when I hear it. My mother and sister (who is 13 years older than I) learned about health in the 80s and 90s, and to this day shy away from even the simplest, happy forms of fat. Yet: Snackwell's in the cupboards, and on Weight Watchers for years.

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1a814058a4e7d39ddd930f5f81bb6acc

on April 07, 2013
at 03:32 AM

"You shouldn't eat peanut butter like that. It's so fattening!" This was said to me several times in the late 90s when everyone was scared of fat, and I would eat peanut butter by the spoonful.

"Eat margarine, not butter" Why would I eat a fake substitute to something that is naturally delicious? No thank you.

"Try a meal replacement bar" Try a WHAT?? Why would I want to replace a meal???"

81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

(638)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:19 AM

Eww margarine tastes soo yuck now I have been eating butter for over a year! I actually can't stand the taste of marg now!!!

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43e6e312fcc6b2cd2238e7898ad50480

on April 07, 2013
at 04:27 PM

Any advice that implies that a shake or a bar or a drink is an adequate replacement for a balanced meal. Forget calories, macros and timing - a nutrient-dense, real-food meal blows ANY manufactured, weighed-and-measured crap out the water, every time.

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1deaea445ff3b1cb5d1354a043dc8fb7

(275)

on April 06, 2013
at 04:01 PM

3 large pizzas a day to bulk

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 07, 2013
at 03:06 AM

lol...who told ya that..papa john :) eheh IIFYM

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on April 06, 2013
at 12:05 PM

A friend of mine once claimed he'd been told to eat a pizza post workout (about 15" in diameter)

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 06, 2013
at 06:19 PM

I've heard this from some of my gym rat type friends. I think this comes from the dark annals of broscience.

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508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

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on April 06, 2013
at 04:59 AM

Wrestling coach in middle school telling me to "bulk-up". Luckily, my parents were grounded enough to suggest listening to my body, and stay true to what my body wanted.

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B31805c30ac668043fafb85a0b57a02e

on October 05, 2013
at 11:18 PM

"Almonds are healthy and good for weight loss"

Ended up eating +1000cal of almonds everyday..

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718fd304d7abab150730638bf2be5153

(184)

on October 02, 2013
at 03:35 PM

"Go vegan"

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on October 02, 2013
at 02:38 PM

All NHS 'healthy eating' advice...

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on October 02, 2013
at 01:27 PM

that diet, exercise and genetics are the only important things for longetivity. Stress in my opinion probably plays as big a role as any of those three

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14b8422e9b449a21e06fa3349953d4f7

on October 02, 2013
at 01:27 PM

that diet, exercise and genetics are the only important things for longetivity. Stress in my opinion probably plays as big a role as any of those three

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on September 15, 2013
at 03:21 AM

Don't follow the Paleo completely....find ways to cheat by adding cheese to your diet. I don't even like cheese. I am satisfied with the Paleo lifestyle.....why interfere with something that is working?

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on September 14, 2013
at 11:31 PM

"Your digestion is weak, so try a diet of white toast, white rice, applesauce, and bananas." - a dietician. Most of those things are easier to digest, so there's some sense to this, but white toast has never helped anyone's guts, ever.

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on September 14, 2013
at 10:11 PM

I once went to a nutritionist who showed me a sample meal plan that I should be eating--for breakfast she wrote down: 12 oz orange juice, bran muffin + margerine spread & jelly, and a banana.

Most annoying health advice: avoid red meat, it's bad for you. OR eat more soy for a low fat protein choice.

Following this advice led to a derranged metabolism, low sex drive, obsessive calorie counting, and poor esteem.

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on September 15, 2013
at 07:21 AM

Iwas told to go on a low fat diet, to eat chick peas and beans, cut out red meat and eat more soy. It was bland and boring but i maintained my weight (I plateaued for about a year in other words!).

The worst bit of advice was when I was told to "eat more" I was't told what to eat just "eat more" 'cos I wasn't getting enough calories apparently.

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on September 14, 2013
at 10:02 PM

To eat whole grain bread and pasta. My registered dietitian told me to have six servings per day.

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on September 14, 2013
at 07:44 PM

Wow! where to start? I'll pick my top 3...Throw out your scale, It's just calories in/calories out, eat three small meals and three small snacks a day. Why didn't they work?

Number 1-- Throw out your scale: I had no idea until after things had gone crazy that I was even gaining weight. Mine tends to hid "around back" until it cant any longer. If I had a scale instead of just a mirror, I'd have known that I was gaining weight. Number 2-- Calories in/calories out: No it's not just calories in/calories out: For me it's the type (protein/fat/carb) of calories I'm eating.

Number 3: --Three small meals and three snacks: I was eating around the clock. Thinking about eating, preparing to eat, eating, cleaning dishes. I was food focused all day, practically.

So those are my worst, there are more--but those are the top.

Now you want my best advice? Regardless of what diet you choose, write everything down. That way you know what modifications to make if you aren't losing as you'd like,(or perish the thought--gaining). It is a pain, thats true. But it provides you with amazing insight into what works for you and what doesn't.

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on September 10, 2013
at 09:02 PM

"Eat Your Healthy Cereal"

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on September 10, 2013
at 09:38 AM

My doctor told me if I was craving something sweet to eat a couple of jelly beans, but avoid chocolate due to the fat content.

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on April 06, 2013
at 04:43 AM

if you dont exercize you wont lose weight

which is weird cuz i weighed 230 around august and now i weight 193, with no exercise whatsoever. my diet alone helped me lose weight

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