5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Jan 09, 2014

Week: 1/4/14 to 1/10/14

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 5 Ways to Work Out Without Weights to The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness. 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. Exercise Can Make Low-Calorie Foods More Appetizing

Exercise not only helps you burn more calories, it can also encourage you to make healthier dietary choices, according to this article from MailOnline. The study reviewed in this piece describes how volunteers were shown images of low-fat diet foods and calorie-dense fatty foods after exercise. The researchers found that the reward centers of volunteers’ brains lit up when shown the lower calorie options, but not when shown the fatty foods. View the full article here.


2. High-Protein Diets Are Not So Healthy After All

Every year U.S. News and World Report has nutrition experts rank the most popular diets to help consumers make informed decisions. This year’s list ranked the DASH Diet Eating Plan as the best overall diet and the Paleo Diet as the worst. A CNN article reviewing the results states that this decision was based on expert opinion that “the Paleo Diet was too restrictive for most people to follow long term, and that it limited some essential nutrients.” View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Chris Schlosser

3. Regular Exercise Helps Balance Work and Family Time

Do you ever feel like there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done? Following a regular exercise routine may help, says this Harvard Business Review article. The piece reviews research which found that adherence to regular exercise can help with the integration of work and family life. The researchers found that exercise can help reduce stress and build self-efficacy, which can help people to better manage their time and to take on more challenging tasks. View the full article here.


4. Dietary Choices Can Ease Asthma Symptoms

According to this article from BBC News, making dietary changes such as including more fiber in the diet can help people reduce their asthma symptoms. The piece reviews a study which found that eating more fiber-rich fruits, vegetables and whole-grains, can reduce inflammation in the lungs and give the immune system a boost. The article also touches on the fact that gut health may affect asthma and other health conditions. View the full article here.

5. Smart and Simple Food Swaps

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthier or lose weight, you can implement these 10 easy food swaps into your diet to help you reach your goals. This article from The Huffington Post lists small dietary changes that can benefit your diet and help you to lead a healthier lifestyle. The piece suggests eating whole fruits instead of drinking fruit juices, choosing whole-grain options, starting your meals with a salad and making smarter protein choices. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Erin Leigh Mcconnell

You can find other recent health, fitness and nutrition news article on IDEA FitFeed.



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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.