Popular Diet and Exercise Myths Exposed
There are so many myths and misperceptions about dieting and weight loss. Instead of accepting that consuming a
balanced diet in moderation and exercising regularly is the only way to bring about effective weight loss, people
persist in looking for the magic bullet when it comes to weight loss. These myths and misperceptions get in the way
of long-term weight loss for many people, and it is important to fight the misunderstanding about weight loss that
is rampant in today’s society.
One popular myth is that consuming ice cream causes weight loss. Proponents of this myth argue that the coldness
of ice cream causes your body to burn calories as a side effect of trying to regulate your body temperature while
you are eating it. The body does in fact expend energy to digest ice cream, just as it does with any food that you
consume. However, there are far more calories in ice cream than your body will ever burn off as a result of
digesting it. If you want to eat ice cream, go ahead and eat it, but do so in moderation. But don’t be fooled into
thinking that eating ice cream will cause you to lose weight.
The Ice Water Phenomenon
This myth is similar to the ice cream diet myth. Water has no calories, so it is certainly better than ice cream
in terms of the calories consumed versus calories burned ratio. However, very little energy is expended as a result
of warming the ice to body temperature. You aren’t going to lose weight just as a result of drinking very cold
water. However, water at any temperature is an important aspect of a healthy diet and does contribute to weight
loss. Just don’t be fooled into thinking that ice water is the secret to boosting your metabolism.
Add A Pound - Burn Fifty
Another common weight loss myth is the idea that adding a pound of muscle will make the body burn an extra 50
calories. No one seems to be able to fill in the blank to this myth. Fifty extra calories over what period of time?
Adding muscle does contribute to increased metabolism. Typically, one pound of new muscle will result in burning
about 12 calories per hour, depending on the weight and activity level of the subject. Exercise is an important
part of every diet program, and it is important to add muscle and reduce fat to promote long term health and
Drinking water and exercising are very beneficial to any weight loss program. Eating ice cream is not so
beneficial for weight loss. Don’t fall prey to a diet myth that perpetuates misunderstanding about weight loss. The
simple fact is that weight loss occurs as a result of burning off more calories than you consume. The best way to
lose weight boils down to one single magic formula - eat less and exercise more.