Should I Eat the Yolk?: Separating Facts from Myths to Get You Lean, Fit, and Healthy
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OR IS IT A MYTH?
This handy guide gives you real answers to all these and many more common health and fitness claims. Plus, it provides the scientific evidence that separates the fact from fiction for every question, like:
• Does everyone need to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day?
• Do high-protein diets increase the risk of coronary heart disease?
• Are all calories created equal?
• Will performing sit-ups shrink my waistline?
• Will exercise get rid of cellulite?
• Does calcium intake enhance weight loss?
• Is bottled water safer to drink than tap water?
• Does eating grapefruit speed up fat loss?
this does not mean that they will act as antioxidants in the body. Gerda Endemann, biochemist and author of Fat Is Not the Enemy, has this to say: “[E]ven if they [vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene] act as antioxidants in the body, it is not clear that they will have any effect on heart disease or cancer.” In a five-year study, male smokers with angina (chest pain due to heart disease) were given vitamin E, beta-carotene, both, or a placebo. There was no benefit from any treatment in terms
of the waist is a fairy tale. Investigation: Slimming the stomach and trimming the waistline are probably the most discussed topics in the fitness industry. Tummy-shrinking infomercials fill late-night TV slots. And magazines are filled with superab ads. What’s the deal? Do sit-ups, in fact, shrink the waistline? According to Alan Aragon, nutrition researcher and author of Girth Control, this is a myth. In addition to exercise, calories need to be burned. “It’s not situps per se that shrink the
and any general sports movement. Why is this movement not permitted during exercise? This advice has been given for so long that some have come to accept it as fact. In reality, this fact is nothing more than fitness industry dogma. The next time you see someone walking up the stairs, look at his or her knee position. Where is the knee in relation to the toes? Chances are, the knee is projecting over the toes. This is a natural movement pattern that is not considered 81 Should I Eat the
and carbohydrate requirements during starvation: anaplerosis and cataplerosis. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 68:12–34. Does alcohol consumption cause fat gain? Sonko, B. J. et al. 1994. Effect of alcohol on postmeal fat storage. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 59:619–25. Are antioxidants good for my health? Endemann, G. 2002. Fat is not the enemy. Tarentum, PA: Word Association Publishers. Grodstein, F. et al. 2003. High-dose antioxidant supplements and cognitive function in
obesity. When 29 Should I Eat the Yolk? the researchers reviewed studies that measured twenty-four-hour energy expenditure (calorie expenditure), they found no difference between nibbling (frequent eating) and gorging (eating big meals less often). In addition, the researchers found that, with the exception of a single study, there was no evidence that weight loss on low-calorie regimens was altered by meal frequency. A study published in 1987 in Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism compared