One of the most important things you can do to stay healthy is keep yourself in the know about the truths and lies of health statements and fads. Unfortunately, many people wrongly rely only on shared articles on Facebook or don’t do in-depth studies of what’s true, and what’s fiction.
This is super important though, as even though you might be trying to do good by yourself and be healthy and stay/get in shape, if the information you’re receiving and applying on yourself is wrong, then you’re actually going to end up hurting yourself in the long run.
That’s why today we’re going to talk about 3 health myths people are likely to still believe.
- Low Calorie Diets Are Good For You
Let’s talk a little biology; your body burns calories for energy, and basically that energy is necessary to not faint in the middle of the day. Now what is said is required to lose weight is pretty much to have a voluntary calorie shortage in your body, but that doesn’t mean eating less or worse, starving yourself. The most efficient way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you’re consuming in a day, whilst still maintaining a healthy caloric intake.
If you see in magazine article titles like “5 Meals you can make at home with less than 200 calories” consider the fact that there is a reason we have a recommended daily calorie intake of 2000 a day. Even if you’re eating 5 meals of 200 calories a day, that’s only half of what your body really needs to function properly, and that’s not just limited to what you consciously do during the day, this is also for the sake of your internal day to day process, such as your immune system fighting foreign entities trying to get you sick!
2. Carbohydrates and Weight Gain
The first thing anyone should be taught about carbs is that there is a difference between the carbs in junk food and the carbs in healthy food.
If you like to enjoy chips and other assortments of packaged junk food, yeah those calories are not going to help you achieve/maintain your goal body weight.But you’ll find lentils, oats, potatoes, and fruits to be rich sources of carbs that are good for you.
Carbohydrates are essential for your body because they help regulate your appetite and prevent overeating through serotonin (which also is the chemical in your body that regulates your mood)
Carbohydrate deficiency has been known to cause depression and mood swings, and last time I checked nobody likes those things.
The best things to consider when it comes to carbs is the source; if its processed and filled with artificial sugars and what-not, it’s not going to help your body, but if it’s a natural source and isn’t genetically modified, you’ll find it to be an asset to your health goals and your focus should be on cutting out processed and sugary carbs that you find in treats, cookies, and other desserts, or at your favorite restaurant in San Diego.
3. Juice and Veggie Cleanses
Okay, so you’re downing a bottle of water mixed with cucumber, orange, and lemon slices with some mint leaves. Awesome, that’s super healthy right? Not if that’s the only source of nutrition that you’re getting during the day.
Juicing or Juice Cleanses are thought to be a good way to lose weight, which they can be a good support to losing weight, but not by themselves and certainly not as the only intake for your body over a long period of time.
The reason for this is that if you’re not getting a daily intake of fibers, you’re just telling your metabolism to shoot itself in the foot, which means you’re shooting yourself in the foot. It’s a metaphorical hodge-podge of foot shooting that doesn’t end with any of your health goals achieved.
So be aware of what you’re doing to your body, and tell us about any false fads/diet you think the SolCal community should be aware of, or even a counter argument to why these are not false diets. Let us know in the comments.
Wishing you all love and happiness from SolCal.