Exercise Myth Busters #11

Drinking water makes you lose weight.

Water does not cause you to lose weight, however it does keep you hydrated, and might help you to snack less. Water is essential for good health and well being as a large portion of your body is made up of water. Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger, as such being thirsty can occasionally lead to snacking, if you feel hungry soon after eating a meal it may just be thirst so have a glass of water and see if the hunger subsides. Your goal should be to drink around two liters of fluids a day.



Exercise Myth Busters #10

If the box says ‘Low Fat’, it has low kilojoules and is better for you.

It is a common misconception that low-fat and fat-free foods are also low in kilojoules. Many processed low-fat or fat-free foods have as many as, or in some cases, even more kilojoules than full-fat foods because they have more sugar and other high kilojoule containing compounds added to them to improve flavour and texture.  So, if you’re trying to lose weight, remember to check the kilojoule content of foods you eat, even the ones that claim to be low-fat foods, as the main influence in weight loss is energy intake not fat intake.

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Exercise Myth Busters #9

You Cant Be Fit and Fat

The notion that all overweight people are sedentary, unfit and at risk of developing health related diseases is simply not true. Overweight and obese individuals who exercise regularly and maintain good fitness levels do not have elevated mortality rates. It has been shown that poor fitness is as good a predictor of early death as other risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.



Exercise Myth Busters #8

If You Didn’t Exercise When You Were Younger, It’s Too Late

This is a belief that many older people hold dear, but it is far from the truth. Numerous studies have shown that exercise in older people has vast benefits. These include slowing down the ageing process by reducing the rate of muscle degeneration and decreasing the risk of bone diseases such as osteoporosis. In addition to this, one of the biggest risk factors for injury in older people is falling over, through a controlled exercise program involving strength and balance training, this risk can be significantly reduced. But as with any exercise program regardless of age and history it is recommended that a doctor is consulted before the program is commenced.



Exercise Myth Busters #7

Exercising Is A Good Cure For A Hangover.

While it is true that alcohol is an energy source for your body. That just sounds a bit too good to be true…and it is. The reason alcohol can be an energy source is because when there is alcohol in your system your body doesn’t like it! Alcohol is a toxin that your body wants to get rid of A.S.A.P. so it burns it as energy. But as well as a toxin alcohol is also a diuretic which causes the body to loose more water than it takes on (the reason for all the toilet stops after a few to many) this leads to your body becoming dehydrated. The dehydration is the reason for the pounding headache you get after a big night out. So next time your out remember to drink plenty of water with your non water flavoured drinks.

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Exercise Myth Busters #6

If You Don’t Lose Weight There Is No Point To Exercising

It is quite common for people who don’t see immediate weight loss results to give up on their exercise routine. What we need to remember is that exercise also has benefits that are not so visible. Exercise reduces the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease as well as proven psychological benefits such as depression an anxiety relief. So remember that although you may not be getting visible results the internal benefits of exercise are just as important to consider.