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Apparently eating bananas slows your metabolism and lifting heavy widens your shoulders....


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So I just got this new job at a bank as a teller. It's awesome and I love it cuz it keeps me busy, and everyone is super nice. But everyone there is telling me different from what I've been thinking. I mean I just got into the mind set that lifting heavy is awesome for girls and won't turn you huge and also that you need to eat more protein with it. But this guy at my work was all "just be careful cuz I know girls who's shoulders get very wide from muscle from weight lifting and that's it. It's not attractive at all. This just totally caught me off guard. How do I respond to something like that? I mean really..... I know he's not right but at the same time other people have been telling me to "be careful" as well. Seriously, it's rather annoying.

Not only are they like that about exercising but eating too which is a HUGE thing for me as I'm still recovering from a past eating disorder (I know that probably gets old to hear from so many people on here, sorry!). Like this same guy has apparently lost a lot of weight on this diet he's been doing and they all know I eat healthy so when I say something about what I eat, he comments on it. It's not a big deal cuz we can share all the healthy things we eat like honeydew, vegetables, etc. But today I said I had a banana for breakfast and he was all "oh bananas slow down your metabolism just to let you know". Has anyone heard this before? There is NO WAY a banana would do that right? I guess I'm just super gullible and believe anything I hear which is a major problem cuz these people are gonna steer me off road with all of this talk that I don't know whether it is nonsense or not. (It is nonsense right, cuz I love bananas :) 

Last thing. This lady walked in today and she is a bodybuilder and does shows and stuff. She's prepping for a show next month and she said she wasn't eating fruit cuz if you don't eat fruit it makes your skin tighter to give your muscles a better look. I'm just curious if that's true. I mean if it is I'm not gonna stop eating fruit, but I was just curious, cuz I never thought about it like that.

All in all, how do you respond when ppl say "be careful, your shoulders will broaden out and then you can't go back cuz it will have stretched your frame" or just things in general like that? Do you believe them? Sorry I know I'm probably just being stupid here.

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I am a woman with broad shoulders, but I have always had them.  Weight lifting had nothing to do with it.  I see women lifting at the gym and none of them have broad shoulders, so I think that's just bro-science aka nonsense.

The banana bit is a bodybuilder myth.  Allegedly, the potassium in bananas will slow down your metabolism.  Too bad potassium is in pretty much everything.  Total poppycock.

I think the bodybuilder was smoking something.  Some bodybuilders avoid fruit because they think the fructose will make them fat, but that's because they're uneducated.  

Eat fruit.  It's good for you.  Lift heavy things.  It's good for you.  Don't listen to the people at your bank because their dumb as ****.

Original Post by smashley23:

The banana bit is a bodybuilder myth.  Allegedly, the potassium in bananas will slow down your metabolism.  Too bad potassium is in pretty much everything.  Total poppycock.

But then there are those people who eat like 30 bananas a day, and say it's the healthiest thing ever?

These two groups should meet and wrassel it out.

People believe all kinds of crazy things when it comes to weight loss. There's nothing wrong with lifting or eating bananas. In fact, they are both quite healthy. Don't second guess yourself. Just remember that they are trying to be helpful. I think the best answer is usually just "hmmmm...that's interesting". And, just keep doing what you're doing.

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by smashley23:

The banana bit is a bodybuilder myth.  Allegedly, the potassium in bananas will slow down your metabolism.  Too bad potassium is in pretty much everything.  Total poppycock.

But then there are those people who eat like 30 bananas a day, and say it's the healthiest thing ever?

These two groups should meet and wrassel it out.

Banana Wars

I happen to have a business in the health and fitness industry. I know several professional male bodybuilders and several female figure competitors. One thing I can tell you visit never ceases to amaze me the crazy off the wall thing that these people believe hen it come to diet.

All carbohydrates play a function in assisting the body body with fluid retention and regulation. Simply put if you eat very low carb you will retain less subcutaneous water. It does not matter if it is fruit and if she replaced her brown rice or whatever with fruit it would make no visible difference. Many people, some bodybuilders included forego fruit do to it containing sugar. This is a mistake as many fruits ate lower glycemic than most grains and are much more nutritious. Cherries for example are lower glycemic than any grain.

I can tell you from experience that most of what bodybuilders do does work for them. But not for the reasons they think. Most of it is based on old dogma and dated studies from the 1990s.

Many of them believe dairy will thicken your skin which is impossible and completely false, that if you don't eat protein every 3 hours you lose muscle etc. all false.
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Lifting is good,but you don't want to lift to heavy if you are just toning up. Cellular nutrition is a simple effective step in meeting your goals.and congrats with your job. You sound like it's something you'll enjoy . Your voice tone is like you enjoy meeting and talking to people.
Original Post by Weight5:

Lifting is good,but you don't want to lift to heavy if you are just toning up. Cellular nutrition is a simple effective step in meeting your goals.and congrats with your job. You sound like it's something you'll enjoy . Your voice tone is like you enjoy meeting and talking to people.

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Lifting heavy and building shoulders actually will help make your waist appear smaller!!  It is awesome how that works.  Kind of funny too how the "pizza boys" want to work these "vanity muscles" to no end, yet women can't and women are only suppose to work butt and belly?  Personally I say lift lift heavy and transform the shape of your whole body and ask this person to show you where women with huge wide shoulders from lifting?  It is just like saying "pilates makes your muscles long and lean"  you can do pilates 24 hours a day and your muscles will never get any longer- the only thing that will do that is surgery to make your whole body longer! 

I think figure models avoid fruit while in their "cutting phase" due to the sugar content.  Most figure athletes I know do very low calories while getting ready to prepare for a show/ competition.  They also restrict carbs.  I think someone with a history of an ED probably should not venture into this kind of sport, maybe powerlifting would be better, but if you just want to be healthy and looking good then eat and lift heavy and tell the other people with unsolicited advice to shut up unless they are an exercise physiologist or registered dietician. 

 

First off if you are eating at a deficit you could power lift "like a man" and you will not grow. You will have a lean look to your shudders but you have to eat above maintenance to develop significant muscle mad anywhere to include your shoulders, lift heavy and eat according to your goal.

haha oh man dbackerfan that facepalm made me laugh out loud! That was great. And I don't understand WHERE the info comes from from these guys? It has to have come from somewhere right? What ppl just put that info out there with no proof to back it up?

It's just irritating I suppose. And I shall keep lifting and doing what I'm doing cuz I like it and I'm good at it. And I'm the only girl in the gym who will touch the kettlebell...which makes me feel BA ;) oh and thanks Weight5 for the congrats! I do really like it :)

Oy veyYell

I have been weight lifting for about 2 years and I have added muscle to my upper body which has translated in bigger shoulders, but it's not like guy shoulders.  I haven't had to buy bigger clothes or anything.  My t-shirts just look better. 

Original Post by despinamb:

Oy vey

My t-shirts just look better. 

Yea, I enjoy wearing tank tops too.  And I've even worn spaghetti straps and clothes that actually show off my "wide shoulders" cause quite frankly they are my favorite part of my weight lifting success!!

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Wide shoulders are bad now????

Wow, the drive to have women take up the minimum amount of space is continuing. The logical conclusion will be for us to shrink to a dot and disappear in a puff of smoke.

nah a puff of smoke takes up too much room :P

    Lifting heavy can be tough on the joints over time so unless your training for football or something it really isn't necessary unless you really just ENJOY it. Bananas are great for you, like the others were saying- people thought they slowed your metabolism down because of the potassium. Ironically potassium is the most abundant mineral found in fruit and kiwi's have just as much potassium as banana's yet no one slates kiwi's.

    It seems women only really develop noticeably wide shoulders when they are heavily involved in cross fit (typically on a professional level) or professional body building. Jessica Alba had "broad" shoulders in the movie Into The Blue and it was very attractive, she was tone with figure and definition. As others were saying as well, it is best to do what works best for you and that is what all of the pro's truly do. though everyone's body functions are so similar they also differ due to blood types and other various contributing factors linked to DNA. Trial and error....right?

Original Post by jman840724030:

    Lifting heavy can be tough on the joints over time so unless your training for football or something it really isn't necessary unless you really just ENJOY it.

This is an old thread, but if lifting is damaging your joints, you're doing in wrong.

Lifting is a very important part of a balanced workout plan. For women, who are more susceptible to bone loss as they age, it's especially important. Treating it as something that's only for football players is a mistake.

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