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The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness | [The Great Courses]

The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness

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.
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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.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2011 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2011 The Great Courses

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    Markus P. Mayer 01-05-14
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    "so and so"
    Any additional comments?

    This came to my mind while listening to the first hour of the audiobook:
    - listen to your body so you can develop a sense of what seems to help or hinder your bodies performance.
    - drink slowly/small amounts at a time when you are thirsty (you might actually need less than you think)
    - eat slowly/small amounts at a time when you are hungry (you might actually need less than you think)
    - don’t overdue it with any exercise (it is not normal/good to collapse after any exercise …)
    - avoid extremes / avoid alcohol / avoid drinking from mountain streams / bottled water is nonsense -> get a good filter or filtered water / some coffee might be better for you than you think
    - have your body supplied with just the right amount of water/minerals/energy well prior of beginning exercising
    - learn to think ahead / being prepared is a good thing
    - IMHO some of the information regarding food seems to be outdated -> read current books like Grain Brain - Wheat Belly - GAPS - Eating on the wild side -
    to learn about and how to identify food that should be good for you
    - IMHO make fat “your friend” not “your enemy” (again reading good current books about fat is required)

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    Amanda BERKELEY, CA, United States 07-10-13
    Amanda BERKELEY, CA, United States 07-10-13
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    "Very basic information... mostly common sense"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you have never taken a nutrition course and know very little about the subject, this is a decent overview of the topic.


    What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

    I expected something more in-depth with recent research.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dr. Anthony A. Goodman?

    I liked the narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you haven't heard the information before, I imagine you might enjoy the lectures.


    46 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 01-23-14
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2012

    Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!

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    "Listen to this. Ignore secret to weight loss ads"

    Until I listened to The Great Course's "The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness" (2011), I hadn't had a class on nutrition since a one week course, part of a required high school health class, more than 30 years ago. Since then, I've been getting my eating and exercise info from the popular press, like Cosmopolitan and The Huffington Post.

    Anthony A. Goodman, MD's series of lectures convinced me those articles on diet and exercise - well, disgusting juice fasts and enemas (gross!) aren't going to work; cutting all carbohydrates out of a diet is really going to do a number on your health; and the best way to exercise and stay fit is to find things that make you happy to do, and keep doing it on a regular basis.

    I found the discussion of simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates really helpful: I'd spent years thinking my preference for a slice of good whole grain bread sans butter as a snack was somehow the dietary equivalent of having a candy bar. That's probably what some article in People Magazine said 20 years ago, and I never realized science had long since discarded that silliness.

    The section about kids, exercise, and diet (meaning what they eat, not a weight loss program) was really helpful: I've got a three sport teenager that sometimes works out or plays 6 hours a day. I've been worried about how to make sure she's eating enough, and what kind of rest she needs to make sure she doesn't get hurt and she gets what she needs from a workout. Goodman makes it clear that when training, muscles need rest to build. He also talks about distinguishing good pain from bad pain, and when it's a horrible idea to 'work through the pain' that signals a nasty injury.

    Goodman is relying on published, peer reviewed studies on nutrition, exercise, illness, and injury in his lectures, and he often cites the specific author and paper. Where information and conclusions in studies needs more research, he says so. There are a few anecdotes drawn from actual case studies that support data, but by no means is this a "I knew this one guy who lost weight by/Follow this one weird tip Oprah recommends" listen.

    There's a quick Easter egg in the last section on extremely athletes: he met Mountaineer Tenzing Norgay (1914-1986), who was one of the two people on the first successful summit of Everest. They discussed endurance and mountain climbing. Goodman was convinced a successful climb to the top of Everest required supplemental oxygen. Norgay thought it could be done without, as long as the climber was very quick. Norgay was right.

    Goodman's narration was lively, although he had a little bit of a nasally thing going on.

    [For anyone interested in reading published, peer reviewed studies on nutrition and exercise, the National Institutes of Health's PubMed database aggregates and indexes papers. There are, for example, 72,616 papers mentioning body mass index (BMI) in the abstract; 20,627 are free.]

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    34 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    SamanthaG Marietta GA 02-17-14
    SamanthaG Marietta GA 02-17-14 Member Since 2010

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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-10-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Very Nutritious!"

    This was EXACTLY what I wanted. A basic explanation about the link between nutrition and fitness done be a world class expert who speaks colloquial English. Did I know some of this stuff. Sure, I'm a literate adult. Did I know all of it, or how it fit together… NOPE! Now I do. Nuff said.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sophia Bezirganian NY United States 03-01-14
    Sophia Bezirganian NY United States 03-01-14

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    "Fitness is Simple but not easy"
    What made the experience of listening to The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness the most enjoyable?

    It covered all the major controversies about the basics, e.g., debunking the "set point" theory (that we're all doomed by our genes to whatever our current weight is), the benefits (or lack thereof) of supplements (like creatine), the evidence for and against carb loading, the amount of hydration needed for a spectrum of exercise intensity, the benefits of interval training and how to get it right.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Based on solid science, and very clearly presentedUnlike many other experts who expound on nutrition andFitness, the author didn't have an ax to grind,or anything to sell.


    Which character – as performed by Dr. Anthony A. Goodman – was your favorite?

    N/A. But the speaker held my attention by using both stories and scientific data in a good mix. Not too dry but not too fluffy either


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily--but it's interesting and brief enough so you can.


    Any additional comments?

    People who want quick fixes (like supplements or diets that trick your metabolism by eating a narrow range of food) will find this course disappointing. The only shortcut that's scientifically valid is interval training (not a primrose path shortcut unfortunately!) . But those who like to complain that they're doomed to be obese because of their inheritance won't like it either. ...But those like me who are tired of the above will like it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 01-13-14
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting and concise, not comprehensive"

    This is a good concise guide to some commonly held myths about fitness and nutrition, particularly where diet is concerned. I would recommend it to anyone who has questions about how to approach weight loss.

    I was particularly impressed that men and masculine concerns about diet and excercise were approached on equal time with those of women's concerns. I am a woman, but even I have noticed that generally masculine issues on these topics are not addressed.

    My only complaint is that lectures on specific supplements took up more time than I thought necessary. I thought that more time could have been used to approach other topics with regard to supplements, or to address more supplements.

    The narrator was good and kept the tone lively, but at a reasonable pace. This was a bargain deal, and I would recommend it for what it is - a concise approach to diet and exercise, but for more detailed information, you should spend your credit on the full nutrition course offered by The Great Courses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gem Geek 01-09-14
    Gem Geek 01-09-14
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    "Woefully behind the times"
    What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

    I was unable to find the date of the recording, but most of his nutritional information is completely outdated and WRONG. It's a myth that "a calorie is a calorie" and yet he is saying that to say otherwise is a myth. Try reading FAT CHANCE or GRAIN BRAIN instead. The fitness part was okay, mostly common sense.


    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Shandra 01-18-14
    Shandra 01-18-14
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    What would have made The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness better?

    This not what I thought it would be after reading the description. Instead of information about nutritional myths for the lay person, it seems to be all about how to eat and exercise if you are a training athlete. As I am not hoping to run a marathon or any other intense sport that requires specific nutrition training and fitness training, this book felt like a waste.


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Publicized it for what it was. Then I would not have bought it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The delivery was fine. His lecturing voice was clear and understandable. He even incorporated a few "stories"


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There are definitely redeeming qualities if you are a high performing athlete in training. I am not.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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