When it comes to health and fitness, there’s no shortage of myths. More often than not, these myths stem from fad diets or poorly researched claims. Somehow, they keep making the rounds, finding their way into locker rooms around the country. With that said, we’re going to set the record straight on some of the biggest myths out there.

Myth #1: Sports Drinks Are Helpful

Unfortunately, being labeled a sports drink is not enough to make you one. Don’t let the label fool you. A large portion of sports drinks are chock full of sugar and don’t do much to actually hydrate you. The best thing you can ever do for yourself is to eat a proper pre-game meal to fuel your workout, drink water during, and then eat a solid post-workout meal. If you are doing this correctly, your body will be able to get everything it needs from the diet you’re on.

Myth #2: Eating Late Makes You Fat

Overeating is what makes you fat – not the time of day. We’re not sure where this myth comes from, but we have a hunch. This myth may have come to life due to people’s own diet restrictions. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say they don’t take in any calories after 8 pm. What this is actually good for is preventing over snacking, but somehow turned into the golden rule. Your body needs food to fuel it, no matter the time. Especially if you’re working out in the evening, late night meals are essential to your recovery.

Myth #3: The More Protein the Better

Over the years, weightlifters have had a hand in creating an interesting myth surrounding the use of protein. Let’s set the record straight. There is such a thing as too much protein. If you have to ask, you’re probably taking too much. Protein is difficult for the body to break down and can exert a lot of energy doing so. A well-balanced diet will recover and build muscle in ways a protein dominate diet could only dream of.

Myth #4: Low-Calorie Diets Shred Weight

In regards to sports nutrition, low-calorie diets don’t have the effects you’d think. There are plenty of athletes out there that think this is the way to cut weight. Sure, you might cut a bit of weight. Mathematically it makes sense – dramatically decreasing calories will cause your body to search for stored fat to break down into food. Particularly for athletes, this will never work. Your calorie intake is what gets you through the day, so cutting back too far will only hinder your performance and leave you feeling sick.