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

Dr. Mark D. Faries is an Associate Professor and State Extension Health Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Adjunct Associate Professor at Texas A&M University College of Medicine and School of Public Health, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.


Dr. Faries is a health psychologist and exercise physiologist, with expertise in behavioral medicine. His research focuses on medication adherence, when "lifestyle" is the medicine.

Weight Regain After 'The Biggest Loser'?

Weight Regain After 'The Biggest Loser'?

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Can Pacifiers Reduce Infant Obesity?

Can Pacifiers Reduce Infant Obesity?
  Babies suck.  Let me explain. Infants have a natural reflex for what is called nonnutritive sucking (NNS), such as sucking on their thumb or a pacifier. They do not get any nutrition from this sucking,......
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Can How Fast You Walk Predict Your Risk of Dying?

Can How Fast You Walk Predict Your Risk of Dying?
 “How would you describe your usual walking pace?” Slow Pace Average, Steady Pace Brisk Pace If you are like the nearly 421,000 middle-aged adults who were asked this question, it can tell you about your risk......
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Birthday Cake Bacteria

Birthday Cake Bacteria
A recent study confirmed that eating a piece of birthday cake that someone has just blown their spit and gooey germs all over, is gross. The scientists' specific objective was to “evaluate the level of ba......
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Ping Pong for Weight Loss?

Ping Pong for Weight Loss?
I went back and forth on whether or not to cover this one, but it kept bouncing back up.  In short, ping pong (or table tennis) is being promoted as a weight loss tactic. What ......
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Can Our Bones Be Fat?

Can Our Bones Be Fat?
Bone Fat? Spot losing fat has been busted, but recommendations still persist that we can beat everything from belly fat to back fat with exercise. Now, we can possibly beat bone fat with exercise? Wait, ......
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The 10,000 Step Myth?

The 10,000 Step Myth?
  The 10,000 step goal is not a myth. In 2015, I clarified the proposed “myth" of 10,000 steps, expanding our understanding that our knowledge of step counts and health has greatly expanded. However, what go......
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Post-Exercise Milk Intake and Testosterone

Post-Exercise Milk Intake and Testosterone
With chocolate milk suggested as a possible post-workout drink, with both protein and carbohydrate, researchers set out to determine the acute changes in testosterone and isometric strength with some post-exercise chocolate cow’s and goat’s milk.1 Twel......
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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 – al......
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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 the......
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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 examp......
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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 e......
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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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