I’m gonna bust open some common diet and exercise myths right now. Like: will certain foods help you lose belly fat? And if you sweat more when you work out, does it mean you’re burning more calories? Here are the facts, courtesy of Yahoo.com.
- The first myth: bananas are fattening. That’s false! One medium banana is only 105 calories – you’d have to eat at least three bananas for the calorie equivalent of one slice of pizza! Plus, bananas are a good source of magnesium and potassium, which helps reduce blood pressure and boost your immune system. In fact, bananas are the perfect pre-workout snack. They have a lot of fiber, giving you a big, instant, sustained boost of energy. Research shows that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. which is why the banana's the #1 fruit with the world's leading athletes.
- Another diet myth: Certain foods help you lose belly fat. Again, that’s false. Contrary to what some diet books preach, no foods can magically melt away belly fat. That’s because you basically inherit the spots where your fat settles from your parents and grandparents. Plus, when you lose weight, it’ll come off everywhere, not just in one specific section. The only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume. But, make sure you exercise by strengthening the muscles beneath your fat. As the weight comes off, you’ll look even leaner!
- And the last diet myth: The more you sweat during exercise, the more weight you lose. That’s false! Experts say heavy sweating during exercise only indicates how much “temporary” water weight you’ve lost and that fluid will quickly be replaced as you drink water to re-hydrate. But you don’t have to kill yourself running as fast as you can. In a study at the University of Pittsburgh, two groups of people exercised enough to burn 1000 calories a week. Half of the women walked normally. The others maintained a nearly breathless pace. After one year, the average participant lost 13 pounds, no matter how fast or slow they walked.