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.

Sweating Fat Away?

Sweating Fat Away?
Sweating off fat is 'hot' again. As typical, such fallacies receive ample help from media outlets featuring 'hot' products, such the Zaggora Hot Pants, which claim to target trouble areas, enhance metabolism, and drench your bum......
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Yoga for Weight Loss?

Yoga for Weight Loss?
I just saw another miscontrued web article on ABC/Yahoo! News titled, "Jennifer Aniston Touts 'Yogalosophy' for Stunning Figure". A celebrity favorite, yoga has claims spread all across the Internet that it can shed pounds, tone and......
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Does Eating Bananas Cause Belly Fat?

Does Eating Bananas Cause Belly Fat?
This one drives me bananas. I have done the research, but am not 100% sure where this fallacy came from. Maybe someone saw a monkey with a big belly eating a banana, and made the connection?......
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What is Cellulite?

What is Cellulite?
As normal, I was handling the boredom of the grocery store line by catching up on my celebrity news and gossip from the tactful magazine covers (sarcasm). I recognized one of my favorite tactics to get......
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Spot Losing Fat

Spot Losing Fat
If I had to rank the most common fallacies in the health and fitness industry, "spot losing fat" would be at the top. Also, millions of dollars are spent every year on products that claim to......
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Body Wraps and Fat Loss

Body Wraps and Fat Loss
What goes around, comes around…body wraps are now popular again!  Body wraps have been common in spas or salons for years, utilizing linen sheets, blankets, bandages, plastic, cellophane or rubber wraps. Originally, the wraps were full b......
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Being Healthy Takes too much Exercise!

Being Healthy Takes too much Exercise!
Many of us have incorrect assumptions on how much physical activity it would take to improve or maintain our health. We assume that it will take hours on hours of grueling exercise, sweat, pain and spandex......
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Fiber and Weight Loss

Fiber and Weight Loss
Claiming a scientific formulation, fiber supplements, such as Skinny Fiber, have been promoted alongside other fad supplements to promote weight loss in those who take it. Some resellers are even using common exaggerated wording to claim that the......
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11-Minute Weight Training Workouts

11-Minute Weight Training Workouts
I wanted to share this research article with those folks that think it takes too much time to exercise. Weight training has been shown to boost your 24-hour metabolism and energy expenditure in as little as......
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Exercise and Healthy Eating are Easy

Exercise and Healthy Eating are Easy
Some professionals attempt to encourage us by saying that exercise and healthy eating are easy. Sometimes we even tell ourselves the same thing. Are we making it harder that it needs to be? Definition of Easy:......
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Shape-Up Shoes

Shape-Up Shoes
In response to allegations that they deceptively advertised the effects of their "toning" shoes to customers, Skechers reportedly agreed to pay $50 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission, alongside 44 states and the District......
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