5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Dec 05, 2013

Week: 11/30/13 to 12/6/13

This week on IDEA FitFeed fitness professionals shared a multitude of informational health, fitness and nutrition articles from around the web. Top headlines ranged from What to Do After Eating Badly to 10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out. The top trending articles came from a variety of sources including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, BBC News, IDEA Fitness Journal, and many other leading news outlets. Catch up with the top five facts we learned from IDEA FitFeed this week.

1. Exercising for Charity Offers Incentive

If you need a reason to get off the couch and exercise, try signing up for a charity event. Fitness experts quoted in this Reuters article suggest that raising money for a good cause or joining a charity event in memory of a loved one gives people an extra incentive to get in shape. “The people who've never run before and have a motivation, like a loved one, are the easiest people to coach,” says Team In Training running coach Kelly Flynn, in the piece. View the full article here.


2. Intermittent Fasting Is More Effective than Typical Calorie-Cutting Diets

This article from The Wall Street Journal analyzes recent research on intermittent fasting to compare this dieting technique with other typical calorie-restricting diets. The research reviewed in the article states that after an adjustment period, many people find sticking with an alternate-day fasting diet easier than other calorie-reducing diets. Researchers also found that this type of diet may have benefits beyond short-term weight loss, such as protecting against cognitive impairment and maintaining more lean body mass with age. View the full article here.


3. Americans Are Eating Worse Than in Previous Years

This article from The Los Angeles Times summarizes the findings of a recent Gallup Poll which found that Americans are eating worse than they did in 2012. While pollers expect dips in healthy eating at certain points in the year, the findings showed fewer people eating healthy in all months—including January—which usually has a healthy eating bump. The poll also revealed that Americans are eating less fruits and vegetables than in previous years. View the full article here.


4. Healthy Obesity is a Myth

According to this article from BBC News, being overweight increases health risks whether a person is metabolically healthy or not. This article looks at a recent study which found that even overweight people who had normal cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels were at an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. “This really casts doubt on the existence of healthy obesity,” says study leader Ravi Retnakaran, MD, MSc, FRCP, in the article. “Benign obesity may indeed be a myth,” she says. View the full article here.

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5. Exercise May Not Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

If you were hoping to counter those excess holiday calories with extra trips to the gym, you may be disappointed. According to a study reviewed in this Doctors Lounge™ article, extra exercise may not be enough to keep off holiday pounds. The research showed that both exercisers and non-exercisers gained about 1 to 2 pounds over the holidays. This may not sound like much, but, according to the article, other studies have found that once people put on this weight they usually do not lose it. View the full article here.


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About the Author

Jessica L. Cline

Jessica L. Cline IDEA Author/Presenter

Jessica is an Editorial Assistant at IDEA Health & Fitness Association. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in journalism and a BS in health and exercise science. She has a GFI certification from ACE and is working on a Health Coach certification. Jessica is a long distance runner who has competed in half and full marathons. She enjoys running, hiking, walking her dogs, horse back riding and any outdoor activities.