Those Shit ____ Say videos seem to be quite the craze on YouTube. I’ve only watched a couple including Shit Brides Say and I couldn’t help but laugh. I thought I’d do my own post on something similar on what “healthy” people say.
While I could talk about fitness/nutrition/weight loss for days, one thing which drives me loco is listening to people perpetuate myths on those topics. On the occasions where I listen to people spout complete nonsense about weight loss or good health in general, it takes every fiber in me to not retort back. And trust me, these myths go beyond the common “eating after 7pm makes me fat” jazz. So without further ado:
Shit “Healthy” People Say
- Drinking cold water makes you lose weight: I wish… and if it were true, we wouldn’t be facing an obesity epidemic. In order to lose weight, you must expend more calories than you consume. When you drink a fluid that is below body temperature, your body has to burn some of its energy (i.e. calories) to warm the fluid up to body temperature. However it is a miniscule amount (max 50 calories a day), and not enough to provide any benefit.
- If eaten on an empty stomach, watermelon contains no calories: Trying to outsmart your body is wishful thinking. Whether you eat watermelon when you wake up, on an empty stomach, or right after a meal, it always contains calories. In fact for diabetics, eating fruit with other foods is generally better than eating it on empty stomach as it reduces the overall GI content.
- No pain, no gain: Exercise doesn’t need to hurt to be good for you. I love that feeling of sore muscles as much as anyone else but sometimes it could be an indication you’ve done something wrong. With any exercise, give your muscles time to adapt and don’t do too much too soon or you’ll risk injury.
- Multi-grain bread is as healthy as wholegrain bread: ‘Multi-grain’ simply means the product is made from at least 2 different types of grains like wheat, oats or barley. However the term gives no indication whether the whole grain was used, or if the grain was refined in any way. Your best bet is look for ‘multi-grain products’ with the wholegrain stamp.
- The more I sweat, the more fat I lose: Sweat does not necessarily reflect how hard you’re working. Sweating profusely is an outcome of various factors including excessive body weight, poor conditioning, heredity clothing choices or high temperatures. While the scales may show a loss after a sweaty workout, that lost weight is almost entirely water, and will return as soon as you replenish your fluid levels.
- Organic foods are more nutritious: Various factors contribute to a fruit or vegetable’s nutrient content including how it is grown, stored, processed, and cooked. While eating foods which lack chemical fertilizers/pesticides may be safer, it’s no guarantee of the quality of the soil in which they were grown. Rather than the ‘organic’ label, choose foods which are in season and locally grown. Also opt for cooking methods like steaming, sautéing or roasting in order to preserve the most vitamins and minerals.
- Stay away from saturated fats: talk about a big fat lie! Moderate doses of saturated fats are needed by the body for SO many reasons including liver protection, vitamin D absorption, heart muscle protection, and body immunity. While consuming excessive amounts can cause serious health implications, small amounts are needed for optimal health. Sources of saturated fats include coconut oil, full-fat dairy, butter, ghee, and red meat.
And my personal favorite:
What shit about fitness/nutrition have you heard over the years?