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Diet myths

Diet Myth-busters, Facts About Metabolism, Exercise, Weight Loss and Health

Myth Number One: Exercise Rewards
If you reward yourself for an intense exercise, you will not be doing yourself any good. Indulging in a high calorie treat even for very short time can easily waste the hour or more of workout you just struggled through. Many individuals on diet find it difficult to lose or even gain weight as result of such bad habits or rewarding themselves after an exercise. In most cases, the reward is normally not proportional to the activity. For instance, in a study carried out in 2010 by University of Ottawa, 16 individuals in the good health range burned 300 calories after walking on treadmills. However, when asked to approximate how much they burned, some guessed over 800 calories!

Todd Hagobian, Ph.D., an assistant professor of kinesiology at Cal Poly, says that being fit is also comes along with some psychological effects. For example, regular workouts may enhance your desire to eat a better diet and lose some weight. So, the each time you hit the gym ensure you know how many calories you’ve burned and keep an eye on your treat calorie content for that reason. In order to ensure you consume least amount of calories, it is recommended to eat a lot of low-cal foods with abundant fiber and/or protein. Such foods include oatmeal, beans, vegetables and fruits.

Myth Number Two: Workouts doesn’t help in weight loss
The idea is simply unreasonable. Nonetheless, there are some cases in which a person who has undergone intense workout program ends up gaining some pounds. However, various researches show that exercising is the key to lose weight. Apart from the traditional benefits of calorie burning, people who exercise regularly should ensure they get appropriate body needs. Regular exercise helps in lowering the risk of attracting particular diseases since they help maintain a better muscle to fat ratio.

According to analysis of about 43 weight-loss-related and exercise studies conducted by Cochrane Collaboration, it was found that regular workouts helped people lose an average of two pounds. While intense workout program helped people lose up to three pounds without changing their diet at all. Furthermore, data acquired from the National Weight Control Registry indicates that individuals who lose weight just by adapting diet tend to exercise for only 45 minutes to 1 hour a day. The bottom line is that exercise increases your metabolism rate to burn more calories compared to inactivity. An intense exercise will keep your metabolism rate in a high gear for an extended period of time.

Myth Number Three: You’ll Feel Hungrier BY Exercising
According to David Stensel, Ph. D., who is a researcher at Loughborough University in England, this is not true. In fact, a study he conducted in 2010 indicated that people who exercised for 90minutes on particular days, consumed just about the same amount of calories on sedentary and exercise days without any reported case of increased hunger. Actually, there is proof that intense workouts can reduce appetite since it suppresses levels of the hunger-stimulating hormone known as ghrelin.

Furthermore, if your body senses a reduction in its energy reserves, it responds with particular self-protective measures. There is no reasonable excuse not to get involved in a healthy exercise. The answer to this never-ending debate is not to forgo exercising, but to consume healthier foods.

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