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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

NUTRI Facts!

Hi! I’d like to share with you some of the common misconceptions about dieting and exercising. I encountered these during the consultations I had when I worked for Slimmers World International. I hope you also will find these meaningful.

Myth 1: Carbs make you fat
Fact: Too many calories can make you fat. Carbohydrates are essential for energy, especially the brain. We all need a good balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat. A low carbohydrate diet is an unbalanced diet which can lead to diseases of the kidney, liver and heart.

Myth 2: Salads are always a healthy choice
Fact: The ingredients in salad may be healthy but the addition of excess salad dressing can make the salad high in fats and fairly unhealthy.

Myth 3: Fat is bad for you. A no fat diet is the best for all
Fact: Fat is absolutely essential for the body to function normally and well. A moderate amount of fat will keep the cells intact, and keep hormones functioning properly.

Myth 4: Diet colas have no calories, so it’s OK to rink much as desired.
Fact: Colas, with or without sugar, contain phosphoric acid. Too much phosphoric acid can draw out the calcium and weaken the bones resulting to osteoporosis later in life. Limit your intake per day.

Myth 5: When you stop exercising, your muscles turn to fat
Fact: Lack of exercise does make the muscles shrink, reducing the body's calorie-burning rate. The lack of activity itself further reduces the number of calories you burn. So people who stop working out are indeed in danger of getting flabby. But that doesn't mean that muscle actually turns to fat - they're totally different types of tissue.

Myth 6: Strength training tends to give women a bulky, masculine physique.
Fact: It's very difficult for most women to build large muscles. That's because women have relatively low levels of the hormone testosterone, which influences muscle growth. Both men and women can build firmer rather than bulkier muscles by working against lighter resistance more than 25 times rather than heavier resistance fewer times.

Love life!

Maria Christina Gonzales, RND

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