We all think that we know what is healthy and what isn’t. The reality is that there is a lot of information out there and sometimes it can be hard to distinguish what is real and what isn’t. There are a few myths about things that people think are healthy that are actually wasting your time according to writer Jini Cicero:
1. Fat-free – Eating foods that are fat-free are a waste of time. Get something with a little more flavor in it. Often times foods that are lower fat have more sugar added so that they won’t taste as gross as they would without the sugar.
2. Sports drinks – If you are doing something such as running a marathon or working out intensely the sugar content in these drinks will negate any good that you think you are doing for your body. You don’t need electrolytes unless you are working out for more than an hour and a half or so. A nice big bottle of ice cold water will do the trick!
3. All cardio – Cardio in short and intense bursts can be great for you. Long cardio classes or hours on the treadmill and elliptical aren’t going to do much for you. When you perform prolonged cardio sessions your body will think of your workouts as stress which will then cause cortisol to be released. This hormone breaks down your energy and ends up storing it as fat and can cause insulin resistance. Interval training and burst training is much more effective.
4. Working out too much – If you have a piece of clothing that you really want to fit into you may tend to work out more than normal right? If you overdo it your body will begin to do the opposite of what you want it to do. Working out too much can cause your hormones to spike and dip which can cause problems with blood sugar, body temperature, and even your immune system. Do not push yourself too hard and make sure that you take a day off from working out every now and then.
5. Blood work – When your doctor wants you to have blood work done, do it. There are a lot of things about your body that these tests can tell you. They will let you know what hormone imbalances you may have, what vitamin deficiencies you may have, as well as other possible disorders. The more you know about your body will help you to figure out what is the healthiest lifestyle for yourself.
6. Supplements – We are bombarded by ads on television and the internet that tout fat-burning supplements. All the celebrities are taking them so they must work right? Not likely. Most of them do not work at all and could throw off your body to prevent you from burning any fat at all. Say goodbye to your money if you choose to take these supplements.
7. Personal trainer – If you have a personal trainer or attend training sessions, listen to what they have to tell you. You are after all paying money for the expert to tell you how to get healthier, so why would you shun that advice or skip one of the sessions? They are there to help if you are willing to listen.