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.

Does Stretching After a Workout Prevent Soreness?

Does Stretching After a Workout Prevent Soreness?
Ironically, I am pretty darn sore right now. A leg workout from 2 days ago has made taking the stairs and sitting on the toilet a bit more deliberate! Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) has definitely kicked......
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I Can't Get Enough Protein Eating Vegetables

I Can't Get Enough Protein Eating Vegetables
After being out of town for the past week, I made a trip to the grocery store to replenish food for the house. I made my normal routine pass from the fresh vegetables and fruit, to......
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Mistletoe and Fat Loss?

Mistletoe and Fat Loss?
In the giving Christmas spirit, I wish to protect some of you from a post-holiday purchase of mistletoe extract for your new year's weight loss goals. Articles like this one can catch on like wildfire, sending......
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Calories and Cardio Machines: Are They Lying to You?

Calories and Cardio Machines: Are They Lying to You?
Tis the season for cardio machines to be full – inspired by new year's resolutions or guilt from holiday splurges. With no time to dissect the motivational or emotional aspects of these efforts, I turn attention t......
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Does Running Cause Saggy Breasts?

Does Running Cause Saggy Breasts?
You might be surprised how much I have been asked this question. I know I am! Some of these women who do ask (no men have asked me yet) have unfortunately eliminated running or excessive walking......
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Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga?
This is a laughing matter. Laughter Yoga is sweeping through the U.S., and making some bold claims. But, does it work, and if so, what is it good for? What is it? In short, Laughter Yoga......
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Health Buzzwords on Food Labels are Misleading

Health Buzzwords on Food Labels are Misleading
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT: Would you call Chocolate Cheerios healthy if it said "all natural" on the box? Well, a recent study found that participants rated everything from Chocolate Cheerios, to soda and chips as more healthy, when......
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Is Room Temperature Water Ruining Your Metabolism?

Is Room Temperature Water Ruining Your Metabolism?
You may have recently learned from several online sources that you have been ruining your metabolism and weight control efforts, simply because you have been drinking water that is room temperature. Their answer: Switch to cold......
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Crunches Are Best Way to Strengthen Core

Crunches Are Best Way to Strengthen Core
When I was in graduate school, I stumbled across a picture of a prone bridge abdominal exercise (i.e. "plank"), and the caption said it was a "Core Stabilizing Exercise". The next day I saw another magazine......
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Elliptical Handles: Cheating Calorie Burn?

Elliptical Handles: Cheating Calorie Burn?
The latest myth to be brought to my attention is one of the top 10 exercise cheats "that blow your calorie burn." — holding onto the handles while doing the elliptical machine.Since this made the top 1......
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Nibblers, Gorgers, and Weight Loss

Nibblers, Gorgers, and Weight Loss
Are you a "nibbler" or a "gorger"? Online reports are popping up, again, regarding a new study that challenges the notion that frequent, small meals is better than less, larger meals per day for weight loss.......
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Do We 'Burn' Calories?

Do We 'Burn' Calories?
We have an obsession with Calories. We fear them, yet crave them. We want to watch them, count them, track them, calculate them, avoid them, and believe we can somehow burn them!? What is a Calorie? Energy......
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Form Habits in Only 21 Days?

Form Habits in Only 21 Days?
Diets, programs, books, and health clubs continue to claim healthy habits can be formed in only 21 days. Recent research suggests that we may need to triple that estimate. Origin of "21 Days" Dr. Maxwell M......
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Tapeworms and Weight Loss: Expert Opinion

Tapeworms and Weight Loss: Expert Opinion
In the Trending section of Fitness Pudding, I posted a story about a British doctor who supposedly put the classic "tapeworm diet" to the test. Well, I also emailed the story to my Dad, Dr. F.C.......
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Walking is a Great Way to Lose Weight

Walking is a Great Way to Lose Weight
A recent video and article by Yahoo! with a "fitness expert" complied the 5 biggest workout myths. Myth #1 – Walking is a great way to lose weight. In other words, this fitness expert, based on h......
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Ionic Energy Bracelets

Ionic Energy Bracelets
Watch out Wonder Woman, "ionized" or energy bracelets have gained recent attention, claiming everything from the ability to "energize the whole body" to "relieve the body of pain". Ions are electrically charged molecules, and are thought to o......
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'Obesity Paradox': Weight Boosts Survival for Diabetics

'Obesity Paradox': Weight Boosts Survival for Diabetics
I have personally come across a proposed fallacy that being obese actually has a puzzling protective effect in diabetics, call the "obesity paradox". I am not quite sure where this belief has come from, but have......
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Eating Healthy is Cheaper Than You May Think

Eating Healthy is Cheaper Than You May Think
If I had a nickel everytime someone said eating healthy was too expensive, I would have enough money to actually eat healthy. To test this theory, I did my own little experiment with one meal. Based......
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Is Saturated Fat Now Good For You?

Is Saturated Fat Now Good For You?
Right before our eyes, we are seeing the classic "all-or-nothing" mentality, that commonly births fallacies and misguided perceptions about nutrition, claim its newest victim . . . saturated fat. Recent meta-analytic reviews have now suggested that......
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Does Muscle Turn to Fat?

Does Muscle Turn to Fat?
There is thought that if we stop exercising, our muscle will turn to fat. Or if we start exercising again, our fat will turn back into muscle. Just as we cannot turn apples into oranges, w......
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