Every now and then there is actually an article that appears on Yahoo that is worth repeating.  Today’s article is called 8-Calorie Burning Myths Debunked.

Those 8 Myths are:

  • Celery, cucumbers and iceberg lettuce have negative calories.
  • Doing cardio on an empty stomach burns more total fat for the day.
  • All calories are created equal.
  • Always work out in the fat burning zone.
  • To lose weight, you should only focus on cardio.
  • Eating six small meals a day boosts your metabolism.
  • Working out in cold weather burns more calories.
  • You have to burn 250 calories every time you work out in order to lose weight.

For anyone who has bothered to do a little reading, there is nothing here that is surprising.   These Myths do persist and all of us have heard them in one form or another.   Just a couple of days ago, a friend finally admitted he needed to lose weight.  We started discussing diets and exercise.  He said:  “I had better just do Cardio to lose the weight.”  He lifted weights when he was in college.

The “All Calories are Created Equal” argument is prevalent.  Those who truly believe that only Calorie Counting matters and that it can all be reduced to a formula of Calories in – Calories out, live by this one.  Here is the quote from the article:

“You’ve heard “a calorie is a calorie,” meaning your body processes them all the same way regardless of where they come from. But not so fast: 100 calories of chocolate cake are not the same as 100 calories of carrots. As it turns out, your body burns nearly 50% more calories after eating a meal packed with whole foods versus an equivalent meal made of processed fare, according to a 2010 study published in the health journal Food & Nutrition Research. During manufacturing, processed foods are broken down and stripped of many nutrients, making it easier for the body to digest them. On the other hand, whole foods, such as multigrain bread, apples or zucchini, contain good-for-you nutrients like fiber that the body has to work overtime to break down, temporarily boosting metabolism. Plus, “eating smarter calories via foods packed with filling fiber or satisfying protein, like a chicken breast instead of potato chips, will help you naturally eat less over time,” explains Weintraub.”

Myths persist because they sound like they are true and they are just easier to believe than actually doing any real study or reading.

The two other Myths my friend mentioned in that discussion we had last week:

  1. Muscle weighs more than Fat.
  2. I can not lose weight and build muscle at the same time.  If I start to build muscle it will just make me look fatter.

I emailed him the Amazon link to the TNT Diet book.  So far – silence.

ETA: He told me that he purchased the book and is reading it.  He will try to start after his birthday celebration this weekend.