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Finding clear, definitive facts about healthy exercise can be difficult. The exercise industry is a multi-billion dollar business, built partially on selling gadgets and supplements to people desperate to lose weight or look attractive. Meanwhile, good workout plans and simple truths lurk in the background waiting for their time to shine. All of this results in lots of misinformation about exercise. We’re taking some of those commonly-held exercise myths to task, and we have science to back us up. Let’s get started.
Coconut oil is a fat-burning fat. If you don’t despise the lingering coconut taste, consider incorporating coconut oil into your diet or replacing another oil source, such as vegetable oil, with it to boost your body’s fat-burning ability. Win-win!
Do you know which foods contain good cholesterol, and which contain bad cholesterol? If you think you do, ha! That’s a trick question! Cholesterol in our food doesn’t come in “good” and “bad” varieties, but cholesterol readings from blood tests do, and the two aren’t as closely connected as we used to think.
If you’ve ever read a fitness blog, forum, or even Instagram, you’ve probably heard the term macros thrown around. Short for “macronutrients”, it refers to carbs, fats and proteins — the three basic components of every diet. If you get their proportions right, it makes dieting a lot more effective when simple calorie restriction fails.
There’s not much agreement about nutrition. On many topics — fat, salt and carbs, to name a few — government guidelines will say one thing, but fans of paleo or vegan or fad diets will insist that the opposite is true. Pretty soon, you just don’t know what to think about eggs, white bread or low-fat salad dressing.