Test your weight loss smarts
True or False:
- Sleep deprivation may increase your waistline
- Jogging burns more calories than swimming
- You BMI is the best indicator of whether you’re overweight
Often, it’s the little-known facts like these that can make a huge difference in your life. The consumer reports on health brings you objective facts to help you make smart decisions about your health.
- True. Sleep deprivation significantly raises the appetite-boosting hormone ghrelin, while lowering the hunger-reducing hormone, leptin.
- False. Both swimming and jogging burn about the same amount of calories. Swimming is easier on the hips and knees, but jogging helps protect against osteoporosis.
- False. Your BMI (body mass index) number is not the best indicator of being overweight. It has several problems, including not being able to distinguish muscle from fat.