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1500: Seven Lies Fitness Influencers Love To Tell | Mind Pump

Key Takeaways

  • Instead of the old days where we looked at magazines for advice, social media makes influencers feel real and connected
  • It’s hard to find a good “influencer” because everyone has independent issues and motivators
  • It’s important to realize that even if it works for a bit, social media doesn’t address the root issue that keeps someone out of shape
  • Influencers love to appear “natural” and swear by supplements – the reality is most influencers have implants, use steroids, and are paid by supplement companies to promote useless products
  • Using counter-culture and purposely making inflammatory statements to get clicks is a tactic leveraged by influencers
  • Cardio is NOT the best way to burn body fat – build muscle and get stronger to rev metabolism and burn fat
  • Protein is the most mismanaged macronutrient – it’s either abused or under-consumed


The Mind Pump hosts are Sal Di Stefano (IG: @mindpumpsal), Adam Schafer (IG: @mindpumpadam) and Justin Andrews (IG: @mindpumpjustin).

In this episode, hosts Sal, Adam & Justin breakdown the top lies told by fitness influencers and in the fitness space in general.

General Flaws With Influencers And Why We Like Them Anyways

  • It’s one thing to do it for yourself but it’s another to tackle everyone’s independent issues
  • Everyone is motivated by different things
  • What you do may not work for someone with gut issues, injury, never exercised before, etc.
  • Influencers get paid to promote certain products they don’t always use in actuality
  • It’s difficult for social media to address the root issue that keeps someone out of shape because it’s so individual
  • Many still love influencers: it’s easy to feel connected to fitness influencers because social media makes them feel real

Seven Lies Told By Fitness Influencers

  • Lie # 1: They are “all-natural”
    • The reality is the vast majority of influencers take steroids, unhealthy supplements, or have various implants to look the way they do
    • There’s an illusion that if you look a certain way, you must know what you’re doing
  • Lie #2: The way to get to your goals is “no days off” and “beast mode”
    • Communicating message of “no days off” message is actually ineffective for most
  • Lie #3: Using controversial or counter-culture ideas to get attention
    • Influencers put controversial ideas out to get more views but the message isn’t necessarily true
    • Exercises are not all equal – some are beneficial, some are specific, some shape the body more, etc
  • Lie #4: Cardio is the best way to burn body fat
    • Cardio is not the best way to lose fat: your body doesn’t learn to adapt which is really what generates caloric burn during rest
    • Your body adapts fastest to cardio so you will get efficient within about two weeks then fall off unless you add more time or more days
    • Build muscle and get stronger to burn fat
    • Cardio has health benefits but its purpose isn’t to burn fat
  • Lie #5: The difference between success and failure is supplements
    • Myth: supplements make a huge difference – influencers make good money peddling supplements but it’s not where results come from
    • Fat burners are a lie: you probably eat less, exercise more – but it’s not about the drug
    • Supplementing in the case of deficiency is helpful but not a game changer for general use
    • Amino acids: only good if your protein level is low but you’re better off directly consume protein
  • Lie #6: You can never have too much protein
    • Protein is a macro-nutrient most often abused or under-consumed
    • Protein still has calories and fat associated with it – like anything else, you can have too much
  • Lie #7: You must have pre- and post-workout shakes at exact intervals & fasting is the way to lose fat
    • Anabolic window: brilliant strategy by supplement companies to ritualize idea of pre and post-workout supplements
    • Fasting can have detrimental effects and fast track to eating disorder if you have a history of dysmorphia
    • Fasting for fat loss is ineffective – benefits are more around psychological component of eating and spiritual component
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