7 Common Health Myths
Below are seven common myths about health and weight loss that most of us keep thinking about. They show how much wrong advice most of us have been given!
#1. Drink 8 Glasses of Water Every Day
Stop counting how many cups of water you drink! According to medical research, if you drink a glass of water when you’re thirsty, you’ll get enough to stay healthy and hydrated. Plus, the water-rich foods and drinks you consume—like fruits, vegetables, juice, tea, and coffee—will all help you get your fill. But with that said, you might need to drink more water if you live in a hot climate, or you’re very active.
#2. Eating Fat Will Make Me Fat
We’ve all been told to if we want to be healthy, we should eat a diet that’s low in fat and high in carbohydrate-rich grains. But recent research in nutritional science has shown that this is totally wrong. Did you know that carbs behave a lot like sugar? Or that eating carbs is actually worse for you than eating fat? When you read our guide to healthy carbs (coming soon), you will learn that many of the so-called “healthy” foods can actually be very bad for your health. If you are really serious about losing weight, be sure to read our upcoming guide on how to cut carbs to lose weight. A healthy, low-carb diet will not only help you lose weight but also help reduce many health issues such as diabetes and even cancer.
#3. Diet Soda is Healthier Than Regular Soda
Don’t let the zero-calorie label of diet soda fool you. Did you know that diet soda is not only highly addictive but can make you even more likely to gain weight than regular soda? Unfortunately, more than 60 million people drink diet soda daily, believing it to be a supposedly healthy alternative to regular soda.
#4. Starving Myself is an Effective Weight Loss Strategy
Starving Myself is an A “starvation diet” refers to drastically cutting down the number of calories you consume in a day. While this may seem like a logical strategy to lose weight quickly, it can—and often does—lead to quite the opposite result. Eating too little by starving yourself leads to rebound weight gain, and is a bad idea. But unfortunately, it been a common notion among teenage girls for a long time. The best way to lose weight is to eat a balanced, low-calorie diet, and exercise a lot. Period.
#5. Gluten is Bad for Me
With the gluten-free lifestyle becoming so popular, you might think that gluten is really bad for you—or at least a great way to keep your weight down. But that’s not true. The gluten-free diet is only recommended for people who have gluten-related disorders (such as celiac, gluten intolerance, etc.). According to Kimberly Hershenson, a New York City-based therapist who specializes in eating disorders: “Individuals who have celiac disease require a gluten-free diet because gluten causes an adverse reaction in the body which damages the intestines and can lead to serious health problems.” In other words, gluten alone is not related to how healthy your diet is. What’s important is the overall food choices you make within your diet, whether it’s gluten-free or not.
#6. If I Stop Weight Training, My Muscles Will Turn into Fat
Muscle and fat are totally different tissue types. If you go off your weight-training program, you start losing muscle due to inactivity—and probably stop eating a healthy diet as well. It’s the bad eating habits, combined with lower metabolism due to inactivity plus lower muscle mass that give the impression that your muscle is being turned into fat. Two things are actually happening: the muscle tissues are diminishing, and the fat cells are adding up.
#7. Being Cold Will Give Me A Cold
No matter what you heard from your grandma, spending too much time out in the cold will not make you sick. According to a study, healthy people who spent many hours in just above-freezing temperatures had an increase in healthy, virus-fighting activity in their immune systems. As it turns out, you’re more likely to fall sick staying indoors—because that’s where germs are more easily passed on.
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