health myths- Busted!
at night causes weight gain- Busted
Poinsettia's are toxic - Busted
Home hangover cures - Busted
You lose more heat from your head - Busted
Suicides increase in the winter - Busted
Well yes and no for the eating at night and heat loss through
are plenty of articles on this to get further details google
are some important facts to consider about eating at night
and heat loss through the head..
true! Eating at night does not cause weight gain. What matters
are calories in versus calories out for the entire day.
now that you know this, does this mean you can rid your fear
of heading to the trough after 6pm? Nope..
it is a scientific fact that eating at night does not specifically
cause weight gain, in practical application NOT eating at
night can be part of a healthy weight control strategy.
practical purposes this applies to those who sleep at night
and go about their daily routine during the day, obviously
this can't apply to those who sleep during the day and work
at night - in that case the principal of not eating more after
your "dinner", whenever that is, applies.
breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus healthy snacks; and consume
only what you need to meet your energy needs for the day.
you do this, there is no need to eat at night. Also, if you
have already consumed all the calories you need during the
day, but feel compelled to eat at night, then those extra
calories you eat at night will go straight to your waist line
- not because it is nighttime, but because you are eating
more than you need.
is really about habit changing for a positive outcome. If
you find that you habitually crave foods at night while watching
TV, reading etc, then breaking this habit will be important.
It's important to think about disassociating "reward"
with any habitual eating, including eating at night. Habitual
eating is when you eat even when you are not actually hungry,
but you misinterpret a conditioned habit as real hunger.
instance if you usually eat a snack while watching TV, you
could develop an automated association with eating and TV
- turn the TV on - whoops, no food- this is a trigger for
feeling not quite right without having the usual snack to
accompany TV watching. You get your snack, sit back down in
front of the TV and ahhh
this feels right..
can overcome this by recognizing that it is a learned behavior
done through repetition. To overcome this you need to repeat
the action of not eating at night in front of the TV and when
the cravings come, don't give in. Repeat this enough times
and the brain will adapt. Don't repeat enough and you'll return
to the old habit.
research shows that you'll need to do this for around 20 weeks(!)
to accumulate an adequate stimulus for the brain to adapt
to. Ever wonder why you try and fail to change old habits?
If you're not committed to real change and don't give it enough
time, chances are you're not giving yourself enough time to
eating a heavy meal before going to bed can cause a disturbed
sleep; and poor sleep quality is a health risk.
eating at night, or any time of day does not cause weight
gain, but if you overcome habitual nighttime eating it can
be part of a successful strategy to lose weight or maintain
a healthy weight, and your sleep quality will improve.
it all through your head?
this popular news story researchers say that we don't lose
heat through our head any differently than the rest of our
body- and therefore wearing a hat to keep you warm is a poor
strategy. Uh, yeah. Right.
be sure, rate of heat loss through the head is not any different
than any other part of the body per square centimeter of skin.
But that isn't what we're talking about when it comes to practical
application. Will you be warmer if you head is covered? Absolutely;
because you have covered an exposed area. Should you preferentially
choose covering the head because there is more bang for the
buck compared to covering an equal surface area anywhere else
on your body? Not according to the research.
old myth is you can lose 50 to 80% of your body heat through
your head. This simply isn't true if you compare heat loss
from a naked exposed body- heat loss is about equal anywhere
on the body. However, when the rest of your body is covered
and your head is not, the only place that heat can escape
more quickly is through your exposed head. Are you going to
go hypothermic dressed in warm winter gear but no hat if you
walk a few blocks with your head uncovered in cold weather?
Not likely. But your head won't be very comfortable, and you
will lose heat faster compared to having your head covered.
despite what the researchers suggest it isn't true that getting
you kids to wear a hat in cold weather is a poor strategy.
Let's get rid of the belief that we lose heat through the
head more so than other areas, but keep the practice of covering
the head, along with the rest of our bodies, to keep warm
in cold temperatures.
fact is, in cold weather if your head is not covered you will
lose a substantial amount of heat compared to covering your
head. There is also more protection from frostbite when your
ears and nose are covered. It's a little flippant to say we
don't need a hat to keep warm. It's an incomplete statement
that leaves out important facts and the safe practical application
of keeping your head covered in cold weather.
2008 Cris LaBossiere Rhino Fitness