The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Dr. Anthony A. Goodman
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

We all want to live long, healthy, and happy lives. But the path to achieve this - fitness and nutrition - is fraught with popular yet dangerously misleading myths about personal wellness. How do you separate the fact from the fiction? How can you recognize when you're doing your body more harm than good? Scientific knowledge has greatly expanded our understanding of how the human body works, laying many previously held ideas about fitness and nutrition to rest. These six self-contained lectures explore the myths, lies, and half-truths about fitness and nutrition, including myths about foods to fuel your exercise, proper hydration, eating and exercise habits, using vitamins and supplements, eating and exercise disorders, and extreme physical activity.
As you examine the pros and cons of various training and eating programs, discover new ways to be healthy and active, and enhance your ability to make educated decisions about your own health needs, you'll be taking an important step toward achieving your personal wellness goals, whether that means losing a few pounds or maintaining a balanced lifestyle.
With this ready and accessible tool, you'll gain a wealth of practical tips and skills you can use every single day to improve and enhance the way you eat and exercise. Join Dr. Goodman as he shows you powerful and true ways to transform your life for the better.


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Loved some of the De-bunked Myths

For instance, that in addition to water, other liquids including coffee and tea can be counted as hydration. According to Goodman, they are very mild diuretics - otherwise they would be used as such medically. And that the sensation of thirst does not indicate serious dehydration (as many maintain} because thirst is the first indication of the need for liquid. Also, that it doesn't matter if you eat late at night - a calorie is a calorie no matter when you eat it. He also says that you should "listen to your body" re eating and drinking and do what it dictates.

Much of this lecture series, however, is devoted to highly technical instructions about food and drink before and after strenuous exercise, like weigh yourself nude before exercising and then again after exercising (nude again, since your post-exercise clothes may retain sweat) to determine how much water was lost and drink a specific amount based on the difference in weight. This I suspect is aimed at very serious runners and workout artists.

This is not me....My exercise is limited to 30 or so mins on an exercise bicycle or walking around a lovely wooded 3 mile path by the river. I try to do this daily, but am known to slack off sometimes.

All of you marathoners will probably get a lot of good information from this book.

Goodman's lecture style is good - he speaks clearly and animatedly and obviously enjoys his subject.

A note on the production style of all the Great Courses: To me, the applause before and after each lecture is somewhat distracting. I don't think for a minute that these lectures are actually recorded in a lecture hall - the quality is too good for that. It's sort of like the laugh-track on TV comedies.
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- SamanthaG

A MUST listen and a REPEAT listen every year!

I am a Personal Trainer (NFPT), Sports Nutrition Specialist (NFPT) and Health Coach (ACE). This is the audiobook I wish I wrote! Some of the other reviewers have complained that this information is too basic. I completely disagree.

These questions come up time and time again from my clients. If this information was so basic then why do the myths persist?

I now recommend this audiobook to all of my clients AND i recommend that they listen to it every year. Why? Because we are bombarded with nutrition baloney and fitness mis-info-commercials constantly. We need these reminders of what is really true and what is really false!

For a cheap investment (at $6.96 for members) you have you have 3 hours and 13 minutes of accurate, science-grounded sanity to counteract the health fluff we are pandered by "health experts" seeking to sell us something! PLUS you get a 107-page guidebook and transcript in pdf format for this course.

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- Scott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses