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Big Fat Lies

Everyday is election day. We make votes about what we feed ourselves and the exercise we choose to do. When we are voting, we should know whether we are getting the truth, or a spun set of facts.
I did a little fact checking and here are some diet lies, along with a few truths!

- Low in calories is always healthy! Junk food is junk food, even low-calorie junk food.

- Eating before bed makes you gain weight! Not if those are calories you need! We all want an edge in this game. Fueling up for workouts is smart and replenishing electrolytes and making protein available for muscle repair is important post-workout. If you workout until 8pm and then go to bed at 9:30pm, you still need to eat. I will add that we probably need carbs earlier in the day to fuel our activities. So go for the protein before bed and then choose something from the chocolate food group.

- High in protein diets are effective for everyone. Each one of us is different. Body make-up, genes, sleep, age and stress are too complex to turn into a formula. You need to explore some options. For some it is magic, and others it's unsustainable.

- It's good if it says "low carb", "organic", "all natural,"  "low sugar", high in fiber" or "fat free." The truth the foods with the least amount of processing are good for you. Lean meats are better than cold cuts, whole grains are better than processed grains, and sugar is probably better than most of the substitutes.

- High in fiber makes you fart. This is true!

- Fruit juice is a good substitute for fruit. No it is not. It is better than Coke or Pepsi, but fruit has more fiber, less sugar, less sodium and is likely to make you feel "fuller."

- Sodium is bad. The truth is that we need some sodium. The bad news is that bread, cold cuts, cheese, and canned foods are pretty much filled with it. Oh and soy is a killer. One packet is as much as you would need for a day! Sodium effects blood pressure in some folks, and not in others. Some MFP-ers say that it helps you retain water weight, others disagree.

- Drinking 8 cups of water a day is essential. This is false. We need the equivalent of this. If you drink coffee, tea, or eat fruit, you are getting water. For some, drinking water right before you eat helps you eat less. If you exercise and sweat, you'll need more, and if you don't, you'll need less. The idea that is flushes the system is also suspect. I will say if you are getting muscle cramps after exercise, hydration can be a huge factor (along with potassium). Good hydration can alos ease joint pain.

- The goal is weight loss. It should be total health and fitness.

- Salad is the best option. Well, yes, if you don't use regular dressing and white flour croutons, you could be right.

- Green tea! It can help boost metabolism and get rid of "sweet cravings." It also has caffeine, so probably not a good choice for those who are sensitive to speed.

- Weight training is the same as body building. NO! Being strong does not require sculpted biceps. Keep the reps up around 12, and sets at 3, and you'll find your added muscle will burn more calories, and you can keep your husband in line with ease. ;)

- Coffee is bad. Quite a few studies have found that coffee is rich in antioxidants, can help reduce depression, help with muscle recovery, and even protect against Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, diabetes and some cancers. And for some of us, without, we're usless.

Thanks for the votes and comments, you guys are awesome!

My apologies for a bit of a repeat, but wirting a book and looking for work leaves me little time to blog.

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Denjo060 wrote 105 months ago:
Thanks very insightful
khoj wrote 105 months ago:
Thank you for the refresher!

johnwhitent wrote 105 months ago:
Don't forget, butter is better than margarine! At least it taste better.
angieroo2 wrote 105 months ago:
Definitely liking the water one. I don't get why people think it stops being water just because a tea bag is added to it.
amylouize2012 wrote 105 months ago:
I'm liking lifting weights to keep husband in line haha! x
soniabogonia wrote 105 months ago:
"the foods with the least amount of processing are good for you."

My favorite line!
japarenti wrote 105 months ago:
Great information.
Question - what's better...juicing or using a bullet juicer? My husband and I have been debating this for months.
Juicing, in my opinion, takes out all the natural fiber of the fruit and is thrown out with the pulp. The bullet pulverizes the entire fruit or veggie into a yummy drink.
minimah7 wrote 105 months ago:
I love this! And I do not care if you repeat some things; we need to be aware. #TeamHealthy
LivingtheLeanDream wrote 105 months ago:
loving this blog :)
dsjohndrow wrote 105 months ago:
Juicing is a pain the butt. I just eat the fruit etc. For me it is an unsustainable fad.
wisebadger53 wrote 105 months ago:
Glad to see that you didn't take away my coffee! :-)
msbarbiq wrote 105 months ago:
Love it! Thank you :)
odditblue wrote 105 months ago:
You kill my head man! No wait, that's the migraine..... :D
Thanks for the feel better. It only hurts when I laugh.... Oh... Wait.... XD. Owwwwweee
dsjohndrow wrote 105 months ago:
Coffee is awesome, and without I am never going to be the person I was meant to be!
YvonneCT wrote 105 months ago:
Love this. Short. Sweet. Simple. All true.

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