Thursday, July 22, 2010

Helpful weight loss rumors that confuse me!

So I have been thinking... I hear (and read) a lot of weird things when it comes to getting healthy. I don't know what to believe as some advice contradicts other advice and if you follow ALL the rules you are forced to break others. I thought I would share all my little pieces of knowledge... I don't know which are true and which are not. Some may even be a trend that came and went. I thought I would share, because some are JUST silly, but I catch myself doing them ALL the time.

I don't want to miss out on the secret of weight loss, but I am exhausted following all the rules!

Let me know which rules you know of (fact or fiction) and anymore you might have....

The LIST...
1. When drinking water swish it around your mouth before swallowing. The enzymes in saliva help break down food.

2. Never drink with a meal

3. Take a sip of water between each bite (huh?!)

4. Drink a bottle of water 30minutes after eating to help digestion

5. Eating Pineapple after steak breaks down the meat and fats faster

6. Drink Chocolate milk after working out, it replenishes all the energy (and stuff) lost during a work out better than anything else

7. CLA will help you loose belly fat

8. Always rub your face with a dry towel (or clothe) after touching it to prevent the oils from your hand clogging your pore (not weight-loss related, but weird health advice)

9. A cob salad has MORE calories than a burger

10. You should eat 5 small meals a day

11. Don’t eat after 7pm

12. Working out in the morning on an empty stomach burns MORE fat

13. Working out heavily without eating enough protein is worse than not working out at all… because your muscle look for fuel and smaller muscles are more satisfying than fat.

14. Interval running burns more calories (what are intervals???)

15. Sweet potato fries are good for you

16. Drinking HOT liquids burns calories as your body works to cool them down (and vice versa with cold liquids)

17. Green Tea helps you loose weight

18. Cravings are your body telling you what you need

19. If you’re craving sweets eating a dill pickle will stop the craving without all the calories

20. You burn more calories sleeping than laying down watching TV

21. Making love burns even less

22. Women gain (on average) 15 pounds at the start of a new relationship

23. You should NOT wash your hair daily (another random health tip)

24. Apples are better at waking up in the morning than coffee

25. You need to do a ‘cleanse’ at least once a year

26. Women should be taking a gender specific multi vitamin everyday

27. Multi Vitamins in solid tablet form don’t work… they are too hard for your body to break down and get all the nutrients from. Gel Capsules are best.

28. Milk is bad for you

29. Yogurt is not

30. Soy is bad for you

31. Women should not drink water from plastic bottles. Especially if they sat over night… the heat from the car melts the plastic and chemicals are released into the water.

32. Your thyroid controls EVERYTHING in your body and a dysfunctional one can explain anything that ails you… including weight gain.

33. Working out and not working your legs is NOT working out. Your ‘thigh’ muscle is the biggest in your body and burns the most calories…

34. Women you have more of a wiggle while they walk are LESS fertile.

35. You should be consume one gram of protein for every 2 pounds you weigh – excess protein is good and does note convert to fat

36. You need to eat after a workout (within 30minutes).

37. Celery has negative calories because it takes more energy to digest it, than it contains.

38. You need to rest 24hours between work-outs

39. You need to fit in 5 cardio sessions and 3 strength training sessions a week to successfully loose weight

40. When measures yourself you should always suck-in and pull the tape measure tight for accurate results

41. The rate you loose the weight is the same rate you will gain it back, that is why loosing weigh quickly is not recommended.

42. Being Dehydrated makes you GAIN weight

43. The average woman gains 3 – 5 pounds during their period

44. Exercise can reduce headaches and alleviate pain because of magical endorphins.

45. Drinking Hot water with Cinnamon and Honey before bed will help you loose weight, by breaking down food as you sleep.

46. Cinnamon is more addictive than caffeine.

47. Adding spice (especially hot peppers) to any meal will burn MORE calories, because it raise your overall body temperature.

48. Butter is better for you than margarine, because it contains natural ingredients NOT chemicals.

I can't think of anymore right now, but I will add them as they come to me.

If anyone can shed some light on any of these I would appreciate it. 


1 comment:

  1. Eating too many carbohydrates causes weight gain by increasing insulin levels. (Insulin is your body's "fat-storing" hormone.) But a new study from scientists shows that drinking weight loss tea for 15 minutes before eating carbohydrates helps "blunt" the rise in insulin you normally get after eating carbs.