In a world of misinformation, Fitness Pudding is here to separate fact from fallacy, and science from fiction.

Vinegar for Weight Loss?

Vinegar for Weight Loss?
Vinegar has numerous health benefits.2,3 One claim is that it promotes weight loss through the effects of acetic acid. Studies have been done on rats and mice, and most show an effect on weight loss –...
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Whole Body Vibration for Weight Loss?

Whole Body Vibration for Weight Loss?
At the request of Ms. Rachel Nanez, we are tackling this question. Here was her text to me: “Heard this on the radio this morning...'whole body vibrators, the new way to lose weight without exercising!’ Apparently...
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Could Weight Loss Improve Daytime Sleepiness?

Could Weight Loss Improve Daytime Sleepiness?
As many of us struggle with the time change today - we can keep in mind that at least 13% of Americans report regularly having "excessive daytime sleepiness" (EDS), which has increased from 10% in 2002.2...
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Could Hairstyles Make You Less Active?

Could Hairstyles Make You Less Active?
This one is no joke, and I can personally confirm it. When I lived outside Atlanta, I became good friends with a group of ladies who would not exercise. Their number one barrier? Their hairdo. They were...
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Sleeping with a Bar of Soap for Restless Leg and Cramps?

Sleeping with a Bar of Soap for Restless Leg and Cramps?
I was recently reminded of an "old wive's tale" that a bar of soap under the bed sheet can reduce everything from muscle cramps and restless leg syndrome to arthritis. As ridiculous as it sounded to...
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Is Morning or Evening Better for Exercise?

Is Morning or Evening Better for Exercise?
"Which is better, exercising in the morning or the evening?" My common response to this question has always been, "Whenever you will do it," because the first step to seeing positive results of exercise - whether...
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Can You Be Addicted to Shopping?

Can You Be Addicted to Shopping?
‘Tis the shopping season. Stores are making their big end of the year pushes to get “into the black” (make a profit), alongside the psychological tactics (mostly subconscious) to get us to spend our money. For...
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Can We Have A Fat Tongue?

Can We Have A Fat Tongue?
 "Lose tongue fat with this one, weird old tip." "Burn tongue fat with this workout." "7 secrets to losing stubborn tongue fat." Unfortunately, I could see headlines such as these in the future, due to recent...
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Does 3500 Calories Equal One Pound?

Does 3500 Calories Equal One Pound?
We still hear it all the time – that 3500 calories is equal to one pound of body weight. The thought might be appealing, that one can simply create a 500 calorie per day deficit by...
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Is Sex a Workout?

Is Sex a Workout?
A CNN blog recently revisited the tantalizing myth that sex is a workout. It must be circulating pretty well right now on social media, as I have been asked by several people if this is true...
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Perceptions of Calories "Burned" and Post-Exercise Energy Intake

Perceptions of Calories "Burned" and Post-Exercise Energy Intake
Have you ever felt the urge to reward yourself with food after a workout? Many do. Some might be choosing their food choices off how many calories were "burned" during their workout. For some, being able...
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Are You "Sedentary"?

Are You "Sedentary"?
This morning, I waved to my little girl, as my wife drove away to drop her off at her first day of school. When they were out of waving distance, I said a quick prayer, and...
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Are Hot Dogs Carcinogenic?

Are Hot Dogs Carcinogenic?
I was asked this question back on July 4th, where hot dogs are consumed in mass quantities - with or without the 'fattening' buns. I actually forgot about it, until I saw that ESPN Classic was...
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Drink More Water, Stay Slimmer?

Drink More Water, Stay Slimmer?
A recent study finds that if you drink more water, you can lose more weight and stay slimmer. Wait, does it say that? Well, you would believe so, if you depended on these internet breaking...
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Am I Juicing Too Much?

Am I Juicing Too Much?
  Transcript With juicing becoming quite the phenomenon, especially green juice and juices that claim to “detoxify” or “cleanse”, I have been asked to answer the question, "Am I juicing too much?" I am unaware of...
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Can You Be 'Big Boned'?

Can You Be 'Big Boned'?
“I’m not fat, I’m big boned.” “I am overweight, because of my large bones.” We might be quite familiar with such comments, but is there any truth to them? Skeleton Weight First, take a moment...
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Does Muscle Weigh More Than Fat?

Does Muscle Weigh More Than Fat?
The classic brain teaser asks, “What weighs more, a ton of bricks or a ton of feathers?” Unfazed by this childish trickery, we would answer that they would weight the same – one ton. Using...
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1-Minute of Exercise as Good as 45-Minutes of Exercise?

1-Minute of Exercise as Good as 45-Minutes of Exercise?
I suspect that the confusion on this topic, beyond the deceptive title, is that most people have simply read the title and moved on. Popular articles from the NY Times, US Today, and a Today Show segment illustrate...
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Pooping Your Way to Weight Loss?

Pooping Your Way to Weight Loss?
I came across the headline, 'Pooping your way to weight loss'. I could not resist, as I must investigate on any potential myth. It is my 'duty'. Weight Loss Through Pooping Low fecal weight (i.e. poop)...
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Does Interval Training (HIIT) 'Beat' Belly Fat?

Does Interval Training (HIIT) 'Beat' Belly Fat?
This is how I got here. I first saw a post on Yahoo! News, "Beat Belly Fat With This 45-minute Running Workout," which brought me to another article by the same title. I noticed there had...
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