Diet and Exercise Myths that Won’t Go Away

In Diet, Exerciseby Jeremy Katz

I came across this article and I thought you may find it of interest. If only I received a pound every time I have been bombarded with these myths!

Popular misconceptions can damage your fitness plans. Yahoo Shine and CNN have collected some of the most pervasive and damaging fitness-related rumors. Here are some of them:

Myth — Strength training will bulk you up

In fact, researchers have found that working out with heavy weights increased exercisers’ sleeping metabolic rate (the number of calories burned overnight) by nearly 8 percent. That’s enough to lose about 5 pounds in a year right there.

Myth — All calories are equal, so it doesn’t matter what you eat

Some foods take more work to eat, and therefore burn more calories while you’re digesting them. Eating vegetables and lean cuts of meat can increase your calorie burn by up to 30 percent.

Myth — Eating fat will make you fat

Getting enough of the right kinds of fat in your diet is actually essential for good health.

Myth — Diet soda will help you lose weight

Diet soda can increase your risk of metabolic syndrome, a group of symptoms that includes high levels of belly fat, blood sugar, and cholesterol.

Myth – Your cardio machine is counting the calories you’re burning

Your elliptical trainer or treadmill cannot accurately gauge how many calories you’re burning without knowing your weight, sex and body composition.

Myth — Low-intensity exercise burns more fat

The more intensely your exercise, the more carbs you burn, and when your body has burned up all the carbs, it starts burning fat.


Yahoo Shine June 21, 2011

CNN June 24, 2011