September 2016

Monday Myths – Exercising While Pregnant Is Bad For You

There is still a lot of fear out there stopping pregnant women from exercising. Old tales and outdated pregnancy books advice women against physical activity. In this article we bust the most common myths to put all your fitness worries to rest.

IT IS OKAY TO EXERCISE 

Not so long ago, women were urged to cut down or even avoid exercise during pregnancy. Today we know different but there are still mixed information leaving women confused about what they can and can’t do. The truth is, prenatal exercise is not only safe, but also beneficial to both mom and the baby. In fact, experts say that being inactive is the real hazard. It can contribute to excess weight gain,  high blood pressure, aches and a higher risk for gestational diabetes. The benefits of prenatal exercise are undisputed and fitness professionals and pregnant women are finally becoming aware of these. 

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The Power Of Habit

Habits are at the core of everything we do. In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg, brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation. The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, becoming more productive is understanding how habits work. Read on to find out how to change your life for better.

HOW HABITS WORK

We truly are creatures of habit. In fact, according to a study from Duke Univeristy in 2006 found that more than 40% of our daily actions are not actual decisions; they are habits.

Your brain is the most efficient processor on the planet and habits are a way for your brain to save energy. We have the ability to operate on automatic pilot, performing complex behaviours without any conscious thought at all. In many cases, these habits are useful. We don’t need to decide every day how to put toothpaste on our toothbrush, saving us mental energy. However not all habits are created equal. Some habits are much more complex. They can emerge without our permission and cause us trouble.

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REVEALED: Sugar Industry Paid Harvard Scientists to Shift Blame to Fat

The sugar industry paid Harvard researchers to downplay the link between sugar and heart disease and paint saturated fat as the villain.

INDUSTRY FINANCED SCIENCE IS NOT REALLY SCIENCE

The ability of lobbyist to influence affairs is not something new. Industry financed “science” is never really science and should best be viewed with a wary eye. But the newly released historical documents shows how twistedly corrupt industry-sponsored science can be.

The sugar industry disperses millions in lobbying expenses. According to Forbes, five sugar-related organizations spent a combined $8.3 million on lobbying in 2014.

Documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California, suggest that 50 years of research on the role of nutrition and heart disease, may have been shaped by the sugar industry. This research affects many of today’s dietary recommendations.

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Why Is Breakfast Making Me Hungry?

We have all heard that “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”.  But do you ever find that eating breakfast makes you hungry?   Needing to eat again so close after your first meal is not going to help you lose or maintain your weight. But do not worry, post-breakfast hunger is very common and here’s why.

POST-BREAKFAST HUNGER ISN’T UNUSUAL

I eat breakfast at 7:30am, only to become ravenous by 9. I can eat a big plate of eggs and avocados, and still hear my stomach growling violently by 9 o’clock, as though I’ve never even ate. Let’s be honest. Only 90 minutes of satiety between meals doesn’t make much sense. Especially if I can then go from noon to 7pm without a slight feeling of hunger. So how can I possibly be hungry?

I decided to do my own research to get to the bottom of this. Surprisingly I found I was not alone. I cam across endless forums swamped by people experiencing the same problem. So what is the culprit, you ask?

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Monday Myths – Eating Little And Often Will Boost Metabolism

Optimal meal frequency is a widely debated topic in the fitness world, but are six small meals really better for your metabolism than traditional three meals? Let’s take a closer look at the common claims people make and the research behind those claims to find out how often you should really eat to achieve your goals.

MYTH: EATING MORE FREQUENTLY WILL INCREASE MY METABOLISM

You’ve probably heard the advice that it is better to be eating throughout the day. Many people believe that eating small meals more frequently keeps your metabolism humming, prevents hunger, and controls blood sugar. As a result your body burns more calories overall. Sound good, right? Except it may not work that way.

The idea that eating more frequent, smaller meals will boost your metabolism is a persistent myth and research shows that this is simply not true. It is true that our bodies expend certain amount of energy when digesting food. In other words, you burn calories as you eat. This phenomenon is termed as the thermic effect of food (TEF). It amounts to about 20-30% of calories for protein, 5-10% for carbohydrates and 0-3% for fat calories.

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