11 fitness 'truths' that are doing more harm than good

Whether you want to tone up, slim down, or give yourself a mood boost, you’ve likely taken a stab at tweaking your fitness routine.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of ‘fitness’ advice out there that won’t help you meet your goals and could actually be doing you more harm than good.

For example, which matters more for weight loss: Exercise or diet?

Are marathons the best way to get fit?

The answers to these questions might surprise you.

Have some we missed? Send them along to science(at)businessinsider.com.

Gatorade is the best post-workout drink.

Sorry, Gatorade lovers: This 'power beverage' is mostly just sugar and water.

After a workout, experts recommended refuelling the body with about 20 grams of protein (which can be from any source), and drinking lots of water. 'Protein ingestion during and/or immediately after exercise has been suggested to facilitate the ... adaptive response to each exercise session, resulting in more effective muscle reconditioning,' writes the study author of a recent paper from the Nestle Nutrition Institute workshop series.

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