Shit “Healthy” People Say

by Khushboo on April 18, 2012

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?

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Alexandra April 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Oh my word some of these are just plain crazy, like that watermelon one WTF?!?! hahhaah :D

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Khushboo Thadani April 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Haha you can only imagine my reaction when I heard it first-hand!

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forgottenbeast April 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm

GREAT! Love that you’ve debunked some of these stupid misconceptions. And that sweating one–I am NOT a person who sweats, never have been. I might have a few drops on a really hot day, but otherwise it doesn’t matter how hard I’m working. I always thought it meant I wasn’t working out right! But turns out it’s definitely a hereditary thing, as my mom doesn’t really sweat either. I DO turn brightly, gloriously red while working out though :)

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Khushboo Thadani April 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Sounds like you got the tomato gene :) !

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Ameena April 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I heard that cucumbers have negative calories…interesting to note the watermelon one! I also use to avoid fat like the plague…but now I eat tons of olive oil and avocados and have actually LOST weight. It’s crazy what I used to believe…

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Khushboo Thadani April 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Apparently celery has negative calories too…if that were true, I would literally be bones right now ;) !

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Parita April 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm

The one that irritates me the most is that weight lifting will bulk women up. NO IT WILL NOT! I totally feel you on these, K!

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JoJo April 19, 2012 at 1:02 am

I agree with you completely!! It takes A LOT for women to really bulk up…

I’ve never heard of the watermelon myth! That just cracks me up!

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Khushboo Thadani April 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Unless you’re popping steroids, we don’t have enough testosterone to bulk uP!

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Khushboo Thadani April 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Au contraire, I actually feel more toned after weight lifting…that myth drives me loco too!

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset April 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm

These are great and so accurate :) I haven’t heard of watermelon being negate calories…although celery is the common one I hear! I agree with Parita… the bulking up thing is so irritating!

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Khushboo Thadani April 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Apparently grapefruit is a “fat-burner” too… I don’t buy it!

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Tracy's Treats April 18, 2012 at 11:28 pm

The worst is the whole sugar-free fad! It bothers me so much when people constantly reach for some “diet” whatever….it’s not healthier for you and it actually makes you crave sugar even more!

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Khushboo Thadani April 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I used to be a sucker for those 100-cal snack packs and sugar-free jello…and needless to say, my cravings were all over the place then!

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Tricia Minnick April 19, 2012 at 12:03 am

love it

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Khushboo Thadani April 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm
sarah (onedayiwillseethesun) April 19, 2012 at 1:31 am

lol, ive never heard of the watermelon one. think you’ce coveredall the crazy ones.

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Khushboo Thadani April 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm

No no, trust me there’s so many more…I could write a book on them! :)

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Honey What's Cooking April 19, 2012 at 2:21 am

Love this. It’s so funny I just heard about the iced water stuff on the Rachael Ray show. I have no problems eating saturated fat… infact I love it, but of course I eat the more healthy kind like avocado, sometimes coconut – hehe.

When I was overweight the one thing I did was eat a lot of packaged foods – noodles and all and say, oh the calories are not that bad, so it’s fine, but it was all processed. and i didn’t lose weight, I only gained it back. Having an overall healthy lifestyle with a little bit of this and that, butter et al, is the way to go.

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Khushboo Thadani April 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I defintely think quality needs to be taken into account, even when calorie counting! All that sodium & chemicals in processed foods (regardless of how low the calories are) just can’t be good for us!

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Brittany April 19, 2012 at 6:53 am

Ohh this is perfect! I love it. I’ve got one, “chocolate is bad for your waste line.” PPppPshh bitch please.

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Khushboo Thadani April 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Hahahahahahaa best comment…those guys need some smackin’ for all that crazy talk!

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ritika April 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm

okay, i have a question here, is blood group diet any good? dr. peter d adamo written books – eat for your type, live for your type have flooded my parents book shelf. google hasn’t helped me with any reports on its authenticity.

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Khushboo Thadani April 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I actually tried the blood group diet years back! I can see how it might be beneficial in the micro-cellular level but as for weight loss, I don’t think it has any advantage over a calorie-controlled diet. Again, this is my personal opinion so I could be wrong!

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sprint2thetable April 20, 2012 at 12:18 am

These make me laugh. I have never heard the watermelon thing!

How about the one where you burn more calories digesting celery than you take in from the food. Whatever – just eat good, clean food.

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Khushboo Thadani April 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Hahah if that celery thing was true, I would be invisible now…I munch on celery like it’s my job :)

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hotlyspiced April 20, 2012 at 1:45 am

The worst nonsense I ever came across was the ‘Israeli Girls Army Diet’. We were told this is what the Israeli girls had to eat once they joined the army. Of course, we couldn’t find out if it was true because these were the pre-internet and google days but the diet went for eight days. The first two days all you could eat was apples. The next two days only cheese. The next two day only chicken and the last two days nothing but salad. And trust me, there were a lot of women trying this diet thinking it would work wonders. xx

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Khushboo Thadani April 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Wow that sounds awful…ESPECIALLY considering Army Girls allegedly ate only this? Wouldn’t they of all people require more fuel??

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Alyse April 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm

How about “if you break the cookie into many pieces, all the calories fall out?”

Just eat the dumb cookie already, people!

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Khushboo Thadani April 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Hahaha crumbs don’t count ;) !

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Sarah April 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

This is such a great (and hilarious) post! I had a friend who used to exercise with her stomach wrapped in clingfilm because then she would ‘sweat away the fat’… I just didn’t bother…

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Khushboo Thadani April 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Oh wow I’ve never heard that one but I can’t imagine it being comfortable…at all!

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turtlespdrunner April 20, 2012 at 6:56 pm

lol WHAT, that watermelon one is ridiculous. and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the shit **** say videos!!! Like seriously watch all of them lol

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Khushboo Thadani April 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm

One of my faves is “Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls” – SO funny!

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caloricandcrazy April 21, 2012 at 9:32 pm

“I don’t sweat, I glisten”

LOVE!

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