Health Myths, Debunked
At this point, it seems that we’ve heard just about every crazy health “fact” out there: Chocolate gives you cancer, chocolate prevents cancer, monthly juice cleanses are the key to eternal youth, protein is the key to health – you name it, we’ve heard it. There are so many extremes surrounding people’s thoughts on health, and we’re here to tell you that it’s all about balance! Today we’re taking a look at five of the most common health myths and hopefully putting an end to them!
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At this point, it seems that we’ve heard just about every crazy health “fact” out there:
Chocolate gives you cancer, chocolate prevents cancer, monthly juice cleanses are the key to eternal youth, protein is the key to health – you name it, we’ve heard it. There are so many extremes surrounding people’s thoughts on health, and we’re here to tell you that it’s all about balance! Today we’re taking a look at five of the most common health myths and hopefully putting an end to them!
Eating Fat Makes You Fat
By now, I think we all know the difference between “good” fat and “bad” fat, but what does that even mean?
Fat is important for your body to function properly – it cushions your organs and provides vital nutrients like vitamins A, D, and E. While there are different types of fats (and yes, some are better than others) the focus should be less on whether you’re eating a monounsaturated fat or a polyunsaturated fat and more on the food as a whole. This way of thinking will help you avoid the other health myth that “low-fat” foods are somehow healthier for you.
Foods like almonds and avocados, while high in fat, are nutrient rich and will fill you up, while a “low-fat” bag of chips may have less fat than an avocado, but doesn’t offer much else in the way of nutrients.
Gluten-Free Is Better
This is one trend we just do not understand.
Yes, there is a small group of people who actually are gluten intolerant, but this idea that removing gluten from your diet will help you lose weight and keep your youthful glow is unsupported.
In fact, those with a true gluten allergy usually end up gaining weight when they go on a proper gluten-free diet! This is because their bodies are unable to retain the proper nutrients when they eat gluten, so once they cut it out, their bodies are finally able to process and hang onto all of the nutrients they are consuming.
Nothing To Fear
Like anything, your diet should be well balanced and include all of the necessary food groups. Many people get caught up in the labels and determine that “gluten-free” is synonymous with “healthy,” but guess what? Doritos are gluten-free! Just simply cutting an ingredient out of your diet doesn’t miraculously make everything else good for you.
Spot-Training Helps You Lose Fat In Specific Areas
We get tons of requests from clients for workouts that will help them lose their belly or slim their thighs.
While we wish there was a magic pill to target fat loss, there’s no way to control where you lose fat. With this said, there are ways to tone specific areas by doing targeted weight exercises, which can also help burn fat all over. While we’re on the topic, we’d like to debunk another myth that weight training will make you bulky.
Building muscle helps you burn fat long after your workout session ends, giving you better and faster weight-loss results.
Juicing Is The Same As Eating Fruits And Vegetables
Juicing is another huge trend – you may have heard of it!
And while we love the convenience of being able to grab a juice and go, it does not take the place of eating actual food. While drinking your fruits and veggies is certainly better than not eating them at all, there are clear benefits to eating your nutrients.
One big downside to juicing is that you lose most of the fiber and nutrients, and even some extra juice found in the skin and pulp. Unless you eat the leftover pulp, you can count on taking in less than half a gram of fiber.
Another disadvantage of juicing is the amount of fruits and vegetables it takes to produce a small amount of juice.
A 12 ounce bottle of juice may fill you up, but think about how much produce went into the juicer, and how many more meals that would make! One common misconception about juicing is that it’s low-calorie or considered a “drink.”
The majority of juices – even green ones – are around 100 calories per serving, keeping in mind that the bottles you get at those trendy juice bars are usually two servings. That’s 200 calories in just your drink!
Don’t Forget The Fiber
Yes, nutrients matter, but if you’re trying to lose weight, it really comes down to caloric intake versus energy output, so why not just eat the 95-calorie apple?
Eating Many Small Meals A Day Boosts Your Metabolism
While eating six small meals a day won’t harm you, there is no evidence to suggest that nibbling throughout the day rather than eating three larger meals has any real impact on your metabolism.
As we stated before, weight loss has everything to do with energy balance. So if you’re eating 2,000 calories a day and burning off 3,000, it doesn’t matter whether you consumed those calories six times throughout the day or all at once, since there is still a deficit.
With all this being said, many people have found great results by switching to this schedule, and in this case, eat your heart out! However, this is likely due to a lack of overeating later, rather than an actual increase in metabolism.
What Works For You
While health myths are sure to continue to pop-up, we hope to put these few to rest once and for all! Remember, everything in life is about balance, and it’s important to do what works and feels best for you and your body. There is no one-size-fits-all with health and fitness!
Sources – lifehacker