By Guest Blogger:
Whether it’s the latest magazine article telling you to drink only cucumber water for a week, or the latest Canada Food guide telling you to limit your consumption of eggs, mainstream nutritional information seems to be filled with craziness, contradictions, and confusion. Trends seem to pop up regularly, only to disappear and pop up again a few years later. Ironically, certain unfounded nonsense does the rounds as true fact, and seems to stick as general knowledge, despite scientific advancements to the contrary. Below you’ll find five of the latest and greatest nutritional myths that we at Sports Science Strength & Conditioning want you to know about, and help us to debunk the old fashioned way – using good old scientific evidence.
A while ago I briefly wrote an article discussing "The All Natural 'Magic Pill' for Weight Loss" (<--- click the link to be taken to it directly). I targeted how Dr. Oz was selling lies. Not much has changed and he is not the only one doing it. Celebrities are in it too - pause for a sudden, short intake of breath.
Many people often don't realize the benefits of exercise and the effects it has on the human body other than the physical changes you see on the mirror. Scientists have constantly been doing research to see how the human body responds and adapts to exercise.
The good news exercise affects the human body in a more holistic manner, deeper from the surface of the muscles that makes us look sexy and strong. Changes from our brain and bone are seen even in the elderly.
The following is an excerpt from a presentation during our senior year of university. It is a brief video explaining an issue that arose a few years ago in the fitness industry. CRUNCHES... were all of the sudden a taboo.
Physiotherapists, personal trainers and any rehab specialists were "educating people" to avoid doing crunches because "it is bad for your back".
The shearing forces... The degenerative disc disease... The time wasted not doing something else more "functional" (ahem a topic for a future post)... it is madness!