Debunking The Myths

All of the lies and misleading information out there about health, wellness and weight loss? Here, we talk about why they’re lies, and how we can flesh out the truth!

5 05, 2017

7 Major Misconceptions About Smoothies and Juicing

By | May 5th, 2017|Debunking The Myths, Food 101|4 Comments

A week or so ago, the Washington Post published an op-ed with three medical professionals—two of which are professors of medicine—basically saying the same thing I've been saying for [what feels like] an eternity: Mrs. G. came to our offices for her first visit distraught. Her primary-care doctor had just diagnosed her with diabetes, and [...]

20 01, 2017

True or False: All Calories are Equal, No Matter the Source

By | January 20th, 2017|Debunking The Myths|1 Comment

“All foods supply calories and there is no difference between the calories that come from sugar or steak or grapefruit or ice cream.”

18 11, 2016

True or False: Watermelon is ‘Just Empty Calories’

By | November 18th, 2016|Debunking The Myths, Did You Know, Food 101|1 Comment

I see many, many, many fitness 'enthusiasts' who advise against eating foods like watermelon because it's just empty calories. Is this true?

28 10, 2016

5 Things You Learn When You Tell the Internet About Your Post-Partum Depression

By | October 28th, 2016|Debunking The Myths, My Journey|3 Comments

I learned a quick and dirty lesson—well, five of 'em—about not only depression, but the way we talk and think about it.

18 10, 2016

My Name is Erika, and I Have Postpartum Depression

By | October 18th, 2016|#ScaleFreeBaby, Debunking The Myths|11 Comments

One black woman's bout with post-partum depression, and how she is evolving from 'strong black woman' into 'resilient black woman.'

10 10, 2016

3 Major Myths About Fat Loss

By | October 10th, 2016|Debunking The Myths, Fat Loss|3 Comments

You cannot starve yourself into fat loss. You cannot cardio yourself to death for fat loss. You cannot only eat chicken breasts for the rest of your life. And that's just the start of it.

3 06, 2016

Diastasis Recti: Everything You Need to Know About Repairing Your Post-Baby Tummy

By | June 3rd, 2016|#ScaleFreeBaby, Debunking The Myths, Did You Know|2 Comments

Everything you need to know about abdominal separation and getting rid of that post-partum belly pooch.

2 06, 2016

Decoded: What Does ‘Eat Less, Move More’ Really Mean?

By | June 2nd, 2016|Debunking The Myths|2 Comments

Quite frankly, all 3 phrases—“eat less, move more;” “calories in, calories out;” and “everything in moderation”—are all crocks of sh—you know. Here's why.

9 05, 2016

Why BGG2WL is an Anti-Fat-Shaming Space

By | May 9th, 2016|#ScaleFreeBaby, Debunking The Myths|4 Comments

A Black Girl's Guide to Weight Loss stands staunchly against fat-shaming of any kind, and advocates for support and encouragement of all people to make their own choices for their lives sans pressure.

19 04, 2016

Waist Trainers, Skinny Teas, and Supplements: Deconstructing Instagram’s Worst Fitness Scams

By | April 19th, 2016|Debunking The Myths, Fad Diets|4 Comments

Instagram is rife with fitness scams and fraud aimed at women. But why? How does it work? Let's talk about it.

11 04, 2016

Baby Powder Causes Cancer? Here’s What You Need to Know

By | April 11th, 2016|Body Image, Debunking The Myths, Did You Know|3 Comments

Does baby powder cause cancer? Sort of. A few weeks ago, The Today Show aired a segment about Jacqueline Fox, the woman who was awarded $72 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson—her lawyers originally asked for $12 million, but the jury effectively decided to award her an additional million for every year she was alive—in [...]

10 03, 2016

What a Healthy Diet Can and Cannot Do to Your Menstrual Cycle

By | March 10th, 2016|Debunking The Myths, Did You Know|6 Comments

A man claims that your menstrual cycle exists because you eat the standard American diet, and if you eat vegan and starch-free, your cycle goes away. WTF?

25 02, 2016

Who’s Tanking the Cereal Industry? Not Millennials

By | February 25th, 2016|Debunking The Myths|2 Comments

Millennials aren't the ones tanking Big Cereal, and here's why.

9 11, 2015

Just Say No to Waist Trainers

By | November 9th, 2015|#ScaleFreeBaby, Beauty, Body Image, Conscious Consumerism, Debunking The Myths, Fad Diets, Fat Loss, Standards of Black Beauty|7 Comments

Your waist trainer causes UTIs, incontinence, temporary heart failure, indigestion, high blood pressure, nerve damage, and more. Read how inside.

5 11, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About Bacon, Red Meat, and Cancer

By | November 5th, 2015|Debunking The Myths, Did You Know|5 Comments

A thorough discussion about processed meats, and the World Health Organization's study that determined both them and beef to be cancer-causing substances.

30 09, 2015

How To #surviveon35, In Whole Foods, Buying Organic, And Keeping Your Wallet Intact

By | September 30th, 2015|Debunking The Myths, Food 101|27 Comments

My wrap-up of how I #surviveon35, and tips on how you can, too!

28 09, 2015

True or False: Fizzy Waters are Bad for You

By | September 28th, 2015|Debunking The Myths|9 Comments

The claim: Carbonated drinks leach calcium from bones, causing lowered bone density; contributing to higher acidity in the body and tooth decay. The truth?

31 07, 2015

The Mathematical Myths of Weight Loss

By | July 31st, 2015|Debunking The Myths, Fat Loss|0 Comments

Debunking the idea that weight loss is merely calories in vs calories out. Again. Another day ending in 'Y.'

14 07, 2015

The Case Against Working Out in Waist Trainers — Or Wearing Them At All

By | July 14th, 2015|Debunking The Myths, Stop Doing This at the Gym, Strength Training|5 Comments

The wearing of a garment that presses directly on your nerves in the midst of strenuous activity leads to not only nerve damage, but muscle damage...

30 06, 2015

Detoxification 101: What Is It, Why It’s Useless, and How to Do It Effectively

By | June 30th, 2015|Debunking The Myths|12 Comments

A pleasant primer about what detoxification is, what it does, why it's unnecessary, and what you need to know about your body to demystify detoxification.