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The Biggest Nutrition and Food Myths: Fact or Fiction?

There are so many claims and false assumptions floating around out there when it comes to weight management. Here are a few myths (and facts!) I'd like to address Do any of them sound familiar?

Slowing down your eating can speed up your weight loss.
True! It takes some time for your brain to get the message that your stomach has had enough. If you're just shoveling in food until you feel full, you're going to feel overloaded by the time your body detects all that you've actually eaten. So enjoy your food don't rush through it! You just might get a thank-you when you step on the scale.

Carbs are bad for your diet.
False. It's not an across-the-board thing. Refined carbs (like cake and white bread) tend to be bad news: There's generally no fiber to keep you full, and they cause your blood sugar to spike and then drop, leaving you hungry again. However, whole grains (like brown rice and old-fashioned oats) and the carbs you get from fruit and veggies are great for you. In general, cutting too many carbs can leave you sluggish and cranky.

Watching TV can cause weight gain.
Not directly, but there is some truth to this one. Studies have found that those who watched the most TV engaged in less physical activity and had poorer diets than those with low TV exposure. How can you avoid being a statistic like this without sacrificing your Scandal fandom? Exercise while you watch get some cardio in during commercial breaks, or just walk in place through the whole episode.

Exercising on an empty stomach will burn more calories and fat.
NOPE. Experts say if you don't have glucose in your system, you risk burning muscle. And since muscle burns fat and calories, this assumption is totally backwards. Eat something light before you work out, and don't forget to stay hydrated!


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