Emily Zimel

Myth vs. Fact

Myth: You will lose more weight if you exercise.

Fact: You lose weight when you consume less calories than calories burnt.


Myth: By exercising, fat turns into muscle.

Fact: Fat and muscle are two different cell types; a person only gains muscle by burning off fat first or vice-versa.

Comparison of fats

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LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is the bad cholesterol in your body. LDL adds to plaque which can clog and/or stiffen your arteries and lead to a heart attack or stroke.

HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is the good cholesterol in your body. HDL goes around your arteries and collects LDL to bring to the liver. Having a high level can help reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke.

However, if there is not enough HDL, it can increase risk of heart disease or stroke. In this case, both cholesterol are bad for you and can put you at risk.

If you or someone you know is struggling with high cholesterol...

If you or someone you know is struggling with high cholesterol there is always a time to make a change. Make it before it is too late. Some of the most recommended ways to change high cholesterol is to decrease the amount and certain types of fats you eat. Speak with a doctor or nutritionist to help you come up with a plan to decrease your cholesterol. Don't wait around before it becomes too late to be able to make a change.

What is limited and included in a healthy diet? Why?

When creating a healthy diet, it is good to drink lots of water. By drinking water it will keep you hydrated as well as flush out toxins and wastes in your system. It is best to avoid and reduce sugary substances in your diet which may include things such as soda. Reduce the amount of unhealthy foods and replace them with healthier food choices. When eating meals it is first best to stick to smaller portions and wait to see if you are full. The more colorful your diet the better. Add variety in color with choosing different fruits and vegetables. Fiber is good for you, so don't forget to include it in your new healthy diet. Healthy carbs (whole grain, fruits, and vegetables) should be increased as you decrease the amount of unhealthy carbs. It is always good to increase protein and calcium in your diet, but don't over do it. Foods such as eggs, fish, and poultry contain much protein that is beneficial to your body. A limited diet will increase the performance of your body and mind as well as your physical health (by reducing health risks).
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How the body uses energy

Jamie Oliver TED Talk on Obesity and Food