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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If you have never taken a nutrition course and know very little about the subject, this is a decent overview of the topic.
I expected something more in-depth with recent research.
I liked the narrator.
If you haven't heard the information before, I imagine you might enjoy the lectures.
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)
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.
This course might as well be taught by your mother telling you to eat your fruits and vegetables. All he talks about is moderation and how anything on the extreme is negative. Don't waste your time.
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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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.
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.
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
Not necessarily--but it's interesting and brief enough so you can.
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.
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.
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.
This series is really intended for athletes. There was plenty of interesting information and I did learn quite a bit, so I'm glad that I listened. But there is also other didn't apply to the average person who is looking for improved personal fitness.The overall message was for moderation in diet, hydration, supplements. An emphasis on eating whole foods with balanced nutrition which I really appreciated.
Boston Career Coach
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.
this is great for the layperson but as a medical student and a biochemistry BS i wish it was a little more in depth. very informative and easy to understand. even my husband liked listening to it!
"Not for me!"
If it were aimed at the general population and not athletes.
No, I've purchased and listened to Professor Andings' lectures on nutrition which are great.
Nothing wrong with the performance, the majority of the material just wasn't of interest or relevant to me
Can't remember to be honest.
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