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6 Popular Dieting Myths Debunked & Explained [INFOGRAPHIC]

Thinking about going on a diet before the summer season officially kicks off? Before you start depriving your body of things, you may want to double check what actually works in terms of dieting.

Quill created an infographic that details six popular dieting myths and explains exactly why they’re misguided. This includes subjects like calorie intake, eating less, fatty foods, desserts, and the price of healthy foods.

Sure, shredded abs may look nice for the ‘gram, but if you’re not going about it the correct way it could have an adverse affect on your body over time.

Check out the complete infographic embedded below and see if one of your upcoming diets made it on the debunked list.

Stay healthy out there, folks.

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Every Weight Loss Myth Debunked


Losing weight can be a terrifying feat. Between listening to horror stories from friends, the Internet, or popular culture, weight loss demotivation begins to sink in.

The folks at eVisit created an infographic that pretty much debunks the top 25 most common weight loss myths around today. Everything from “snacking too much is bad for you” to whether or not “The Freshman 15” is a thing.

Check out the enormous graphic below and put your fears and misconceptions to rest.

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Pizza > Celery

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Could Viagra be the New Diet Pill?

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Viagra, the magic pill known for bedroom assistance, could potentially be a way to burn excess fat, according to a recent article in the New York Times.

Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany report that the drug known as sildenafil was given to laboratory mice and helped convert their unwanted white fat cells to energy-burning beige fat cells. Dr. Alexander Pfeifer, director of the university’s Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology, fed sildenafil to the mice for seven days and found that the notorious fat cells associated with human woes such as the spare tire were converted to the “beneficial type of fat cells at a higher rate than usual.”

Although, while he states the results are “very promising,” don’t go mixing Viagra with your breakfast smoothie just yet. While some have claimed that the drug can prevent obesity-related complications, the reason is still unknown. ‘Til then, the realistic, old fashioned way of dieting will have to do.

H/T + PicThx NYT


CES 2013: A ‘Smart’ Fork That Measures Your Fork Servings Per Minute & Helps You Diet

ces13_hapiforkIf you’ve ever had a problem eating too much, or are just trying to watch what you eat, this ‘smart’ fork may be what you’re looking for. Unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the HAPIfork is an electronic fork that measures your fork servings per minute, intervals between those servings, and total meal time. The fork (or spoon, which will also be available) then transmits this information via USB so you can track your progress through its online dashboard or mobile app.

French engineer Jacques Lépine, inventor of the HAPIfork, spent several years working on the product after landing in the hospital for a severe heartburn that closely resembled a heart attack due to his quick eating habits.

Slated for an April release, HAPIforks could be one of the best and most revolutionary tools for maintaining a healthy diet. Complete with a full 21-day coaching program that provides videos, tips, and balanced meal plans, the ‘smart’ forks and spoons are expected to sell for roughly $99, come in a variety of colors and be fully water-proof.

Visit the HAPILABS website to check out more information about the HAPIfork or to place your pre-order today.

H/T LA Times


Fat Ass Musings: How to Manage Your Holiday Food Intake

It all starts with October, highlighted by Halloween. Whether you’re 5 or 50, you’re going to find a way to eat copious amounts of candy and take pictures of it on Instagram complaining about your “addiction.”

Then October cascades into November, home to Thanksgiving, arguably the best foodie holiday around. It’s Christmas without the headache of presents, just one culminating meal highlighted by mashed potatoes, spiral-baked ham, pumpkin pies, casseroles, turkey, and every comfort food imaginable.

Let’s not forget these holidays are all traditionally littered with a fair amount of drinking, which has a strange tendency to induce binge eating and slow down metabolism. Once Thanksgiving is celebrated and November is over, December might as well be one month-long buffet. Between company holiday parties, family gatherings and the drink-a-thon that is New Years Eve, it’s traditionally a terrible month to think about dieting.

To make matters interesting, I stumbled upon this Infographic put out by Rasmussen College earlier today that highlights this unhealthy stretch of three holiday months, they titled their piece “It’s the Most Unhealthy Time of the Year — Managing Your Holiday Food and Beverage Intake.” It’s actually a great point of reference for this discussion.

Some nutritional notes about common holiday foods

Apparently, if you consume three slices of holiday ham and a glass of eggnog, you’ll exceed your daily fat intake. Here is some other depressing nutritional data on the food you might encounter during the holidays:

Tips for not gaining too much weight, but still not being a complete buzzkill

Like any self-respecting Infographic, it’s not all diatribe on how we’re going to gain 10 pounds with nothing we can do about it — they round out their data with 7 “tips and tricks” for a healthy holiday. Some of them are great ideas, others are piss posh if you live that #foodbeast life:


  1. Shift the Focus Off Food — Excuse me, shift the focus off of what now? People congregate over food, if you want to bake with your significant other, your parents, your children, do it.
  2. Be Realistic — Some of the best advice of the entire graphic. Melancholy as it may seem, trying to lose weight during the holidays is a chore no one wants to do.
  3. Shop Till You Drop  — Shopping burns calories, got it. Although, if you lack self control…heading into a mall almost always includes a pitstop through the food court for a Cinnabon. Chances are if you’re burning calories while shopping, you’ll end up getting some orange chicken and chow mein while you’re at it.
  4. Cut Down Your Own Tree — Ain’t nothin’ more manly then practicing your lumberjack skills, we approve.
  5. Pour the Gravy Lightly — Low-key agree. While we’re all about #foodbeasting, a little gravy often goes a long way…a light drizzle as suggested will usually elicit the same taste as a waterfall of the same substance.
  6. Manage Alcohol Consumption — Alcohol is a poison, causes rifts in families, and slows down your metabolism. On the other hand, it has contributed to some of the most fun, crazy and regretful nights of our lives — particularly over the Holiday season. Roll the dice on this one as you wish.
  7. Eat Before the Party — You’re bringing the cock-blocking chick that friend-zoned you to a swinger’s party on this one…err…sand to the beach, whatever terrible line you like.

Fat ass conclusion

We’re all for eating well, but being conscious of your health is never a bad idea. Compensating for those extra holiday calories with some extra walking in the mall, hiking after opening presents on Christmas day and maybe some pickup basketball with your friends who’re in town for the holidays.
If that’s not your thing, you could just eat less. Your call. [/musing]
Infographic and Data by RasmussenCollege 

Image Software Tricks You Into Thinking You’re Eating Less

Let’s face it, exercise sucks. The only other alternatives to losing weight are all those crazy new diets out there. But what if there was a way to eat what you want and lose weight without really changing your dietary habits?