Five fitness and nutrition myths busted - - Jackson, MS

Five fitness and nutrition myths busted

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - More and more people are jumping on the fitness band wagon, but one problem. They are armed with a lot of bad information.

Myth One. If you want to lose weight, exercise and eat low carb. "What happens if you don't eat enough carbohydrates is your body actually burns up your lean muscle tissue for energy," said Jana Milam, a registered dietician at Baptist Medical Center.

She has a whole list of misconceptions about nutrition and fitness. Myth Two. Energy drinks will give you an edge in your work out. "Basically what they're taking in with an energy drink is a lot of caffeine and a lot of sugar and often a lot of calories and other things we're not totally sure about," Milam said.

The best thing to drink during your work out is water. "Water is the best thing you can drink for your muscles and to sustain you through a workout."

Myth Number Three. You can't get enough cardio and aerobic exercise. "What really happens, they're not taking in enough calories to sustain that exercise and so the body tends to hold on to fat stores because it feels like its starving," Milam said.

Diet sodas have never lost popularity despite concerns about Nutra Sweet. So Myth Four. Diet sodas must be a good no calorie beverage choice. Wrong. "Particularly for women. Diet drinks are full of phosphorus, which depletes bond density. If you taking in more than a couple of diet drinks a day, you can run the risk of losing bone density,"explained Milam.

Finally, Myth Number Five. Eating at night will make you fat. "What really matters is your total calorie intake throughout the day. You want to eat and drink calories that are going to sustain your weight through the day, but there's really no cut off time. What you eat at night is part of that total calorie intake for the day." So go ahead and enjoy that late night snack as long as you've reserved the calorie count.

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