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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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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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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Drink More Water, Stay Slimmer?

Drink More Water, Stay Slimmer?
A recent study finds that if you drink more water, you can lose more weight and stay slimmer. Wait, does it say that? Well, you would believe so, if you depended on these internet breaking n......
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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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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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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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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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Exercise Doesn't Help with Weight Loss

Exercise Doesn't Help with Weight Loss
An editorial was recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, claiming that "you cannot outrun a bad diet". This editorial (not a research study) has spawned a media frenzy of posts that presumably confirm t......
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Does Exercise Make You Eat More?

Does Exercise Make You Eat More?
We know that physical activity is a key component to successful weight loss and maintenance, especially when paired with healthy food (energy) intake. However, some research suggests that differences in weight loss might be explained (at......
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Is Self-Weighing Good or Bad?

Is Self-Weighing Good or Bad?
A client of mine stepped on the scale after a 12-week weight loss program, to find she had lost 6 lbs. She was ecstatic at her positive results, sharing a smile that would warm any heart.......
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Glucomannan: A 'Super-Fiber'?

Glucomannan: A 'Super-Fiber'?
Glucomannan, the famous 'super-fiber' got a major boost this March (2015), when a review promoted its benefit in weight loss. However, a lot has happened since then! To some degree, this is an update to a......
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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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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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Do I Need to Eat Extra Protein?

clarifyThis debate rages on.  A roomful of dietitians or medical-minded folk say NO, a room of nutritionists or research-minded folk may say YES.  The question is "Is eating more protein in my diet going to h......
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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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