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

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is Walking With Hand Weights Worth It?

Is Walking With Hand Weights Worth It?
Brenda lived two streets down from our rental house. At the time, I was an undergraduate at Texas A&M, and rode my bike to campus each morning.  On my way, I would see Brenda speed walking t......
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RE: Exercise Doesn't Help with Weight Loss

RE: Exercise Doesn't Help with Weight Loss
If you were interested by our previous post, Exercise Doesn't Help with Weight Loss – a review of a controversial editorial, "It is time to bust the myth of physical in activity and obesity: You cannot outrun a b......
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