TODAY   |  July 29, 2013

Should you limit your cups of coffee?

There seems to be a constant stream of health rules we’re supposed to follow, but how many do we really need to abide by? Amy Brightfield of Better Homes and Gardens and Dr. Steven Lamm of NYU Medical Center quiz the TODAY anchors on which rules are true and which have a little wiggle room.

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>>> you. are you already on the second cup of coffee ? maybe three or four? do you plan on hitting the gym after work today? when it comes to your health there's a lot of mixed advice. they gave us this seconds ago. i don't even know what this is.

>> i don't either.

>> can you pick mine up from down there.

>> sure. hold on. i'm already down there.

>> here to separate facts from fiction.

>> i bet this looked good on paper.

>> to put us to the test is amy the editor for better homes and gardens and steven lamb. good morning guys, you'll put us to the test.

>> we're going to put you to the test. you get some exercise doing the test.

>> okay. the first question is true or false, you must always go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day?

>> false.

>> you're right. it's false.

>> am i supposed to put that up there.

>> i was going to put false down.

>> it can help regulate your sleep cycles but if you stayed out late one night your body does benefit from sleeping in a couple of minutes the next day.

>> sleep is as important as food and water. you can catch up for a few hours. don't sleep until 1:00 on the weekends. but a few hours not a bad idea.

>> you can't make up for lost sleep either, right?

>> just a little bit. you can bank a few hours. the best thing to do is take a small nap. 20 minutes or 25 minutes. very helpful.

>> okay. next question.

>> next question is, you should workout every day?

>> natalie you got it.

>> what's workout?

>> one city found that women that worked out twice a week got just as fit and lost almost as much body fat as women that workout six times a week. you should focus on making your every day life more active. the people that worked out six days a week were too tired to walk the extra mile to the super market .

>> exercise is medicine and you need to incorporate it every day however most people over estimate how much they exercise and under estimate how much they eat. it's the intensity of the exercise. even the four minute workouts, especially if you incorporate muscle building -- it's not every.

>> i consider it working out.

>> the challenge is to get active in your every day lives.

>> there's also a difference between fitness and fatness. for fitness you need intense workouts and for fatness you probably do need lengthy workouts more regularly.

>> your body needs recovery too.

>> if you can't workout, walk farther. don't be too hard on yourself if you can't get that hour on the treadmill every day.

>> i'm too hard on myself.

>> interval.

>> you're really good.

>>> next, true or false eating something sweet at breakfast can help stop you from overeating for the rest of the day.

>> we're going on the false again.

>> actually, it's true. a research found that people that ate something sweet at breakfast, not a doughnut.

>> pancakes or syrup?

>> making something nutritious like strawberry dipped in dark chocolate . dark chocolate chips and vanilla yogurt or fruit. people had less cravings during the day. they felt they didn't need to get that mix.

>> i have to say, this is an interesting study. i have trouble with this study. however it's very possible that a small amount of sweet with a protein probably does effect certain hormones.

>> a little bit.

>> it would be hard to say to somebody just have a sugar breakfast.

>> okay our next thing.

>> you should limit yourself to one to two cups of coffee a day.

>> i have no idea.

>> i'm going to go with true.

>> al, you got it. it's also. don't feel guilty for your second or third or fourth cup of coffee .

>> if it doesn't kill you it makes you stronger and slimmer, smarter and actually 50% lower risk of suicide in people that drink more than three or four cup of coffee a day.

>> one glass of wine a day can be okay?

>> i know natalie's answer to that.

>> everybody knows wine is loaded with antioxidants and it can help prevent, lower your risk of various diseases.

>> she did say glass.

>> not one bottle?

>> what they mean is 5 ounces which is way less than most bartenders pour you.

>> i agree.

>> we is v two bottles of wine here.

>> maple syrup .

>> nice.

>> women have to be more careful because of the risk of breast cancer . and they're sensitive they can only have one glass. men can have two. but alcohol can be major.