We all want to be healthy and beautiful, that’s why we try to follow the rules of a healthy lifestyle. Everyday workouts, morning runs, cutting out sugar and other carbs from our diet, and many other tips surround us. We find them while scrolling through our social media feeds, in magazines, and while chatting with our friends. But are all those pieces of advice really useful?
Bright Side has decided to find out what a healthy lifestyle is and has highlighted some myths that can harm our body and health.
Myth #8: Labels tell the truth.
If you believe everything written on a label, you’ll be unpleasantly surprised. Manufacturers use lots of tricks to make their product look more healthy.
The amount of calories may be specified not per 100 gr of a product but per one serving. In these cases, there are way more calories than you can imagine. For example, if one serving of chocolate contains a certain amount of calories, this means that the whole bar will contain 2-3 times more calories.
Another popular trick is the renaming of ingredients. For example, if a product contains a lot of sugar, its label may say that there are 3 ingredients: sugar, fructose, and evaporated beet juice. So the amount of sugar is 15 gr, not 45 gr. But in fact, there are actually 45 gr. If you want to follow a healthy diet, read labels carefully and follow this rule: the less ingredients there are, the healthier your dish is.
Myth #7: It’s OK to skip your dinner.
Many people think that it’s bad to eat in the evening. But modern studies show that if you constantly skip your dinner, it can slow down your metabolism, cause a drop in blood sugar, make you tired, and cause you to overeat at breakfast and lunch the next day. We recommend having something healthy and light for dinner: vegetables and protein would be a great choice that won’t harm your health and body.
Myth #6: Everyday workouts are ideal.
No, they aren’t. Only professional athletes, whose muscles are accustomed to these workloads, work out every day. If we overdo it and start going to the gym without taking breaks, it will harm our muscles because they won’t have a chance to recover. You can do yoga or a few exercises in the mornings every day — this can be really helpful. But as for intense workouts, scientists recommend to spend only 5 hours a week on those.
Myth #5: The more you sweat, the faster you get fit.
This is why thermal suits and special saunas exist! In reality, the amount of sweat doesn’t influence the effectiveness of your training. For example, during a one hour run, you’ll definitely sweat and burn around 270-300 calories. During a one hour strength workout, you won’t get that sweaty, but you can burn up to 360 calories.
As for saunas, the amount of calories you can lose while sitting in a sauna is the same as if you were just sitting in your room. And this won’t help you get fit.
Myth #4: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Many people are convinced that’s it’s impossible to lose weight and lead a healthy lifestyle without a hearty breakfast. But this is not true. The latest studies show that people who skip their breakfast, eat less during the day than those who eat in the morning. On the flip side, there are those people who didn’t want to eat, but made themselves eat their breakfast. Either way — trust your instincts, if you wake up and don’t have appetite yet, don’t force yourself.
Myth #3: Losing weight only depends on our willpower.
When a person has a hard time losing weight, many people tell them to eat less. Our society thinks that losing weight is only about our willpower and that’s it. In reality, our genetics and lifestyle also influence our ability to get fit and skinny. Each person is unique and everyone should follow their own diet and do exercises that are useful for them. If you want to get fit and stay healthy, consult a doctor.
Myth #2: Running is good for everyone.
Not really. In fact, 79% of runners get injured during their runs. Running may be dangerous for people who put too much pressure on their heels, who have asymmetrical feet, who are overweight, and or who are totally unprepared for running. Additionally, running may cause heart problems in elderly people. If you run too often, it causes the thickening of the heart muscle and oxidative stress. These effects also occur if you run long distances. It’s recommended to run only 30-50 minutes a day.
Myth #1: Carbs and protein can’t be digested together.
It’s said that we shouldn’t mix carbohydrates and protein because they can’t be digested together. Yes, carbs and protein need different environments to be digested. But nature is way smarter than we think, that’s why these elements are “processed” separately: carbohydrates are absorbed in the small intestine and protein breakdown continues in the stomach and the large intestine. All in all, your body will work everything out by itself.
Nowadays, it’s really popular to be healthy and fit. But there are many tips that we shouldn’t just trust and need to check thoroughly. Do you have any other health myths to share with us?