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Nutrition And Fitness Myths

Jan 26, 2008
There are many myths and misconceptions floating around. And sometimes they get there because some "experts" did hasty research, got the facts wrong and proceeded to scare people. Fat is bad wooooo. Be afraid. Carbs are the enemy -woooo. Shutup! And sometimes you have people promoting a product, and to make you buy it, they're gonna feed you some BS. Here are some facts that medical scientists have debunked.

Fats aren't good for you

Says who? We all need fat. Fat is needed to absorb nutrients and maintain cell quality. It is when you eat excessive amounts that you get in trouble. Excessive eating of fatty foods can lead to heart disease and weigh gain. The key is to lessen your intake of bad fats(trans fats and saturated) and start eating good fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated)

Sugar causes diabetes

Ask the average person and they'll say that sugar causes diabetes. Nope! Sorry. Thanks for playing though. We have some nice parting gifts for you... If you have the disease you need to watch your sugar and carbohydrates intake. But if you don't have diabetes, you won't get it from eating sugar. The main risk factors for diabetes are a high caloric diet, being over weight and not being physically active. That's how you can get it

Brown eggs are better for you than white eggs

The color of the egg has nothing to do with it's nutritional quality. Some breeds of hen lay white eggs while others lay brown. Case closed!

You need a low-carb diet to lose weight

Ok I'll make this as simple as possible. High carb/low carb - doesn't really matter. People on those diets lose weight because the diets contain less calories. If you wanna lose weight you must eat less calories than what is needed to maintain your weight. So if weight is maintained with 2000 calories, then eating 1500 will reduce your weight. Losing or gaining weight is about calories, not carbs. Next!

Brown sugar is better than white sugar

If sugar is refined - my suggestion is don't eat it. Brown/white doesn't matter. They're both bad for you. Replace refined sugar with raw cane or beet sugar.

Red meat is bad for you

Really? Ya think so? Like most things, too much is a bad thing. But I would never suggest cutting it out of your diet altogether( unless your doctor says so). Choose leans cuts of meat like top sirloin or eye of round. Switch it up with some poultry, but cut the skin off.

Other nutrition myths are:

skipping meals can help you lose weight: nope
eating before you sleep causes weight gain: nope
preservatives are bad for you: not all. But some can be
canned/frozen fruits and vegetables aren't as nutritious: depends. But not always

Fitness myths

No pain No gain

Wow, is your trainer a masochist or something? That seems kinda harsh. You shouldn't be feeling serious pain when you work out. If so, slow it down and relax. In order to build muscles you need to push yourself harder than normal. But discomfort is different from mind-numbing pain. If you're working/exercising too hard -stop immediately. Get treatment if it persists

Drinking water when you exercise gives you cramps.

You need water when you work out. If you sweat, you need to replace what you lost. Drinking water when exercising is what you should be doing. If you don't you can experience dizziness, headaches or cramps. So drink up.

Exercising requires a lot of time

Just walking 30 minutes a day would greatly reduce your risk for heart disease and obesity. That is not a lot. You can do it.
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N. curtis is the author of a new health report titled "It's your body. You can die if you want to
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