(CARLSBAD, CA) – The “M” word. Metabolism. It’s what determines the number of calories that you burn simply by being alive. Talk to your friends, search the Internet, or read through any fitness magazine, and you’ll find plenty of discussion about metabolism.
Being such a popular topic of conversation, it’s inevitable that a number of myths would start circulating on the topic of metabolism. How do you know which myths to believe? Test your knowledge on the six myths below. Are they fact or fiction?
Myth #1: Eating low-fat foods will make you lose weight.
Sure, it’s a good idea to limit your intake of saturated fats. In fact, your heart health will benefit from low-fat foods. But simply switching to low-fat foods will not cause you to lose weight. The only way that you lose weight is to burn more calories than you intake. Reducing your overall caloric intake and increasing your activity level is the only way to start shedding pounds.
Myth #2: Exercise stokes the metabolism.
Strength training adds muscle mass, which in turn increases your calorie burn. If you add an additional two pounds of muscle to your body, then you will burn about 75 extra calories every day doing the same activities that you did before! So, be sure to add at least two days per week of resistance training into your regimen. Cardiovascular exercise does less to boost your metabolism, but don’t throw out the cardio altogether. You need it for your heart health! Jazzercise Founder and CEO recommends at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise on most days of the week.
Myth #3: Spicy foods boost my metabolism.
Spicy foods taste great and cause a minimal increase in metabolism. But, this increase isn’t enough to make a real difference. Relying on spicy foods to help stoke your metabolic fires is far less effective than the old-fashioned method of calorie counting and exercise.
Myth #4: “Negative calorie” foods like grapefruit and celery speed-up my metabolism.
Foods like grapefruit and celery are great because their water and fiber will help you to feel full, and you may eat less of the higher calorie foods on your plate. These foods do nothing to change your metabolism however, nor are they “negative” in calories.
Myth #5: Drinking ice-cold water increases calorie burn.
Technically, drinking 5-6 glasses of ice-cold water could help you burn about 10 additional calories each day. But, those calories only add up to a loss of one pound in an entire year. In other words, drinking ice-cold water versus room temperature water really doesn’t make much of a difference. What is important is to drink water, period. It keeps you hydrated and helps keep your body feeling “full,” so that you’re less likely to gorge on that bag of cookies in the cupboard.
Myth #6: PMS cravings are linked to a metabolic boost before your period.
Finally, there’s a logical explanation for polishing off that banana split sundae the day before your period begins! Your resting metabolism actually increases prior to your period; consequently your appetite also increases.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.