January 2015 (Debunking Diet Myths)

Wellness InSTALLments
Debunking Diet Myths
Upcoming Events
1/5—First Day of Classes
1/7—Eagle Wellness Fair
Library Lawn
1/14—Healthy Hump Day
Shred the Past; Write Your Future
Outside Prevention & Wellness
1/19—Martin Luther King Jr. Day,
No Classes
1/21—Healthy Hump Day
Eating Well With No Time/Money
Outside Prevention & Wellness
1/28—Healthy Hump Day
Tackling the Freshman 15
Outside Prevention & Wellness
January 2015 — Volume 2, Issue 7
The holidays tend to be a time where we all overindulge in food.
Then, in the months following, we try to lose all of the weight
we gained in preparation for Spring Break. There are so many
dieting tips out there, and it is difficult to decipher what is myth
and what is fact. The best thing you can do when you are trying
to lose weight is to do some research before-hand. Remember
that everyone’s body type and nutrition needs are different.
You may have to tailor a diet and work out regimen that best fits your lifestyle. What helped
one person lose weight may not work for you. It is important to stay healthy while you lose
weight and working out to the extreme or completely cutting out a food group may not be
the best way to do it. Eating well and working out is a healthier way of life, not a temporary
fix. Once you reach your goal, you’ll be able to maintain it with your new lifestyle.
Myth or Fact?
If I’m trying to lose weight, I shouldn’t eat anything after 8pm.
 Myth! Your body uses calories equally throughout the day, regardless of time. Having a
snack high in protein before bed helps build muscle tissue! A pound of muscle tissue burns
about 14 calories a day, while a pound of fat burns 2-3 calories.
Eating smaller, more frequent meals will help me lose weight.
 Myth! Your body composition and size affects your metabolic rate, not how often or how
much you eat. Burning more calories than you consume is the key to losing weight.
Fat is not the enemy when trying to lose weight.
 Fact! A moderate amount of healthy fat may help you feel full and helps the absorption of
vitamins. Canola oil, olive oil, nuts, and fish are all good sources of healthy fats.
Skipping breakfast is a great way to lose weight.
 Myth! People who eat breakfast eat fewer calories throughout the day.
Healthy Resolutions For The New Year
Please see our online calendar for
a full, updated schedule
Set realistic goals—Try creating an exercise schedule that
you can stick to for 21 days. It takes 21 days to break a
habit, or to create a new one. Make sure it doesn't conflict
with your new class schedule or any other activities you
are involved in to reduce your stress.
Create a food journal—This will allow you to keep track of your meals and help you
maintain a balanced diet. Also, don’t focus on a diet. Instead, focus on creating new
healthy habits that you will feel good about.
Prepare your own food—College students tend to eat out frequently after the holidays
and make poor nutritional decisions. Preparing your own food using fresh ingredients
will save you calories, and money when trying to recuperate from holiday meals.
Healthy alternatives to soda
include water, tea, low-fat
milk, or a low-fat smoothie.
Question of the Month
Myth or Fact?
The best diet for everyone to
follow is a gluten-free diet.
Email Diane at dodeh@fgcu.edu with
the correct answer to enter into a
drawing for $10 of Eagle Dollars!
Prevention & Wellness, right-hand side of the Wellness Center. Find our InSTALLments online: www.fgcu.edu/wellness/installments.html
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