Back by popular demand, it's DIET-MYTH MANIA! How well will YOU do on our little Q&A? Time to find out...
TRUE OR FALSE? Your TV may be the reason you're putting on pounds or not losing weight.
True! Okay, unless your television is actually feeding you Funyuns, it's not LITERALLY causing the numbers on the scale to go up. But excessive TV viewing has been undeniably linked to increased odds of obesity. Need proof? A variety of experts joined forces for a huge six-year study -- more than 12,000 people from all over the country participated. Those who watched the most TV clearly engaged in less physical activity and had poorer diets than those with low TV exposure. Plus, participants with high exposure to TV had a 43 percent greater chance of being overweight. Even those who watched a moderate amount of TV were 22 percent more likely to be overweight. The takeaway? Don't be lazy and get sucked in by hours of TV viewing while mindlessly munching on snacks! Limit your tube time to the shows you really love. Or do what we do while watching television -- hop on the treadmill so you can keep your heart rate up and the snacking down! No treadmill? No problem. Walk in place, straighten up your TV room, do some cardio during commercial breaks... Whatever. Just get off your butt!
POSSIBLE OR IMPROBABLE? Your workouts could be triggering your weight gain.
Possible! We're NOT saying you should avoid exercise in order to lose weight. (Sorry, lazy people!) But the truth is this: Research shows that people grossly overestimate how many calories they burn during exercise. Not only that, but physical activity often makes people hungry. And since we tend to think we've burned more calories than we really have, we can end up consuming MORE calories than we've burned. Remember, it all comes down to calories consumed versus calories burned. So don't use a workout as an excuse to pig out. Be realistic about how many calories you are really burning while exercising. Use the data provided on cardio machines (don't forget to enter your weight, age, etc., and no fudging the numbers!) or check out online resources (like Fitness Partner) to get a good idea of the effect your workout is actually having on your calorie balance. Then you can make adjustments to make sure your workouts help you achieve your goals.
YAY OR NAY? Simply slowing down your eating can speed up your weight loss.
Yay! It may sound like a gimmick, yet it's anything but. A study out of Japan, published in the British Medical Journal, evaluated the eating habits of more than 3,000 people over a total of three years. The conclusion? Those who ate quickly were way more likely to be overweight. Your body needs time to digest and tell your brain it's feeling full. So take smaller bites and chew carefully. Enjoy your food -- don't just shovel it in your face. Drink water in between forkfuls, and set your fork down while you sip. This will slow down your chewing pace and help you feel full as well. The result? You'll eat less and take in fewer calories!
More Myth Smashing with Professor HG!
Now that you know the facts, brush up on the fiction...
CHEW ON THIS: Saturday, June 5th, is National Gingerbread Day. What the heck is this holiday doing in JUNE?! Shouldn't it be in December? We're celebrating with a more seasonally appropriate treat: pie-flavored ice cream!
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