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.

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 an evid......
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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 and answer th......
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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 the sam......
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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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Can You Be 'Obese' and Healthy?

Can You Be 'Obese' and Healthy?
Body mass index (BMI) has been getting slammed in the media. For example, this recent article from the LA Times claims that "BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as 'overweight' or 'obese,' study says." Or, as this......
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Cold Air for Weight Loss?

Cold Air for Weight Loss?
If its cold out, and you want to lose weight, don’t put on that jacket. Or, based on a current trend, you could pay money to stand or sit in cold air as a weight los......
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Is It Really That Bad to Skip Breakfast?

Is It Really That Bad to Skip Breakfast?
Here is an interesting article examining a historical and scientific perspective on if skipping breakfast is really that bad (for weight loss). A few notes to add: The Largest Study on Breakfast and Weight Loss The......
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Does Self-Prepared Food Taste Better?

Does Self-Prepared Food Taste Better?
The truth is, the overall amount of time that we spend preparing our food has decreased, while, the subsequent consumption of fast food, ready-to-eat meals, and away-from-home foods are increasing. Not having to prepare our o......
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Reasons for Breaking New Year's Resolutions

Reasons for Breaking New Year's Resolutions
I am sure you have already noticed the many internet articles and ads popping up about keeping your New Year’s Resolution.  But, what about why we break and abandon our resolutions? I came across a really c......
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Do Elevation Training Masks Simulate Altitude Training?

Do Elevation Training Masks Simulate Altitude Training?
Elevation training masks originally claimed to provide adaptations normally experienced at elevations above 2,000 meters, but at sea level. You have probably seen them before, as they are showing up in ads and television commercials. They are......
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Does Athletic Wear Make Us Workout More?

Does Athletic Wear Make Us Workout More?
The clothes we wear can make a strong impression on others. We learn early on in our careers to ‘dress for success’, and TV shows, such as the Today Show’s ‘Ambush Makeover’, emphasize the power of clothes ......
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Can Playing Tetris Reduce Food Cravings?

Can Playing Tetris Reduce Food Cravings?
Think about the food that you crave the most. Indulge in that thought. Think about smelling it, holding it, and savoring it. Now try to shake the craving. Difficult, right? There is a strong line of......
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Does Dust Cause Obesity?

Does Dust Cause Obesity?
Some recent headlines: How could dust cause obesity? Could house dust be making children FAT? Dust at home could be the major cause of obesity. Can house dust make us fat? Before the idea of fats......
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Post-Exercise Snacking and Your Motivation Type?

Post-Exercise Snacking and Your Motivation Type?
Could the type of motivation you have affect whether or not you choose unhealthy snacks after exercise? Even though we might think that exercise makes us hungrier, we have previously found that this is probably n......
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Is Eating at Restaurants Healthier than Fast Food?

Is Eating at Restaurants Healthier than Fast Food?
We know the ‘quality’ of our food begets the ‘quantity’ of food and calories that we eat. Accordingly, the quality of fast food might place it in a category with junk food. Full-service restaurant food, on the oth......
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Does Watching TV 'Burn' Less Calories than Sitting?

Does Watching TV 'Burn' Less Calories than Sitting?
This potential myth most likely comes from the mindless, zombie-like trance that we can experience when watching television. The issue has garnered specific attention in kids, since they watch a lot of TV, and as we s......
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Walking In Nature for Mental Health?

Walking In Nature for Mental Health?
We hear so much about the weight control and fitness benefits of physical activity, but we forget about the benefits of physical activity on mental health, mood, stress, and cognition. At the same time, we have similar......
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Can Walking/Biking to Work Really Make a Difference?

Can Walking/Biking to Work Really Make a Difference?
In the 1953, Professor Jerry Morris and his colleagues published a ground-breaking study, finding that drivers of London's double-decker buses, compared to conductors, were more likely to have cardiovascular disease and die suddenly from blood clots......
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