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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2011 The Great Courses
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3 out of 5 stars
By SamanthaG on 02-17-14

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Scott on 01-12-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Losa on 08-07-16

Fascinating course

Really interesting and useful info, delivered in sn accessible way. I'm not into sports etc but the nutritional and physiological knowledge was still fascinating and much better than many of the faddy diet books available.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Lesley on 08-20-15

Not for me!

What would have made The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness better?

If it were aimed at the general population and not athletes.

Has The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness put you off other books in this genre?

No, I've purchased and listened to Professor Andings' lectures on nutrition which are great.

What aspect of Dr. Anthony A. Goodman’s performance might you have changed?

Nothing wrong with the performance, the majority of the material just wasn't of interest or relevant to me

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness?

Can't remember to be honest.

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1 out of 5 stars
By George on 11-27-17

No myths dispelled, more confusion added

The information in this title is at least irresponsible. The research quoted is cherry picked to match the author's opinions. Better insights can be found in your average fitness magazine. This was very disappointing. I will be exchanging this title.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-21-16

Mythbusting on nutrition & exercise

Other than the myth about whole grains being healthy - which have been found to have no or even detrimental effects on health via random double blind studies not observational ones - this book still provides helpful and mostly accurate tips on nutrition and exercise

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