Post # 1
I always find it the "common wisdom" interesting. Yesterday in one of the blogs, folks were talking about whether drinkingcold or room temperature water burns more calories. The scientist in me longs for empirical evidence, but the regular person in me wants to believe the hype. I honestly don’t know the correct scientific answer, but hopefully I’ll have some time to look it up.
Here is an article I saw on Yahoo today that sensibly debunks some of the common myths (though I really wanted a paragraph on the cold/room temperature water controversy).
Any other fitness myths that you can bust?
Post # 3
The cold water thing is true, but its not enough to make much of a difference. Its like 9 calories burned per glass of ice cold water!
I hate the eating at night thing being bad for you. It doesn’t matter when you get your calories – and people make it seem like those eaten at night are worse. (I get the whole not eating after X hour as a way of consuming less tho)
Post # 4
The water thing is right, but barely. It adds up to about 9 calories per glass of ice water!!
Here is one I hate – that calories consumed late at night are worse for you.
Post # 5
If you burn 9 calories for every glass of cold water, and you drink the recommended 8 per day, you’re burning 72 calories per day = 504 calories per week = 26,208 calories per year which is roughly 7.5 pounds. Not bad for ice water!
But wait! DO we need to drink 8 glasses per day to be healthy?? Does drinking caffeinated beverages dehydrate us?? The answer, my friends, is NO. It is a fitness myth!
Post # 6
My issue with that snopes article is it the very end. It tells you if you are thirsty, drink, if you aren’t don’t. By the time you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. That means, your body isn’t functioning at it’s optimum capacity.
Further, people are going to read that and think they don’t have to drink water. Not the case. Show me all the scientific evidence you want, but if I don’t drink my 8 glasses, I get headaches from being dehydrated. My body doesn’t process food as well as it could.
Also, I work with athletes on a dialy basis. It is always amazing to me, at the first game of the football season, in Auagust when it is blazing hot, the maount of cramps I get because they have been drinking soda and enegry drinks instead of water.
The comment about soda and water dehydrating us may or may not be true, both the fact is, if someone drinks a soda, theya re NOT drinking water, therefor eit is a twofold effect. Not much usablke water in soda, it is a diuretic, and they aren;t getting the water they need.
There are lots of fitness myths out there, let’s not try and get around some of the ones that may be good for us, and focus on the ones that do us harm instead.