With the beginning of the new year, sometimes you really want to start a new life! Quit bad habits, ski, lose weight ... and generally start a healthy lifestyle. Even if you have already taken the first steps, do not be too lazy to check this list of the most massive misconceptions about health. Well, then go ahead and with the song!
Myth 1. Slim people are healthier than overweight people
It seems that the formula for body mass index (BMI) will soon begin to be memorized in schools - it has become so generally accepted. But in reality, the degree to which a person's mass and height are matched is not the best way to determine if they are healthy or in need of treatment, because BMI does not separate fat and muscle mass.
Well, besides, the appearance is generally deceiving. A thin person may be a heavy smoker who leads a sedentary lifestyle, while a “fat man” may well exercise regularly and consume healthy fruits and vegetables.
Myth 2. You need to drink 2-2.5 liters of water per day
But no. That is, yes, you will definitely do the right thing if you start drinking water instead of soda, juice and other drinks with a lot of sugar. But, firstly, each organism has its own rate of fluid replenishment, and it is not necessarily measured by this amount. And secondly, for some reason no one takes into account that the daily fluid intake also includes the water that is contained in the prepared food, and not just the one that we drink.
Myth 3. Everything "natural" is useful, and everything "chemical" is harmful
Listen, if you think so, then nytotine - a substance of plant origin - should be consumed for breakfast, lunch and dinner (some, however, do so). And water, which is the chemical substance H2O, should be excluded from the diet. But this is nonsense, so it's best not to get carried away. Unprocessed foods, such as fresh vegetables and fruits, are great because they provide the body with more nutrients. But a balanced diet includes more than just everything “natural”.
Myth 4. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
Recent research on this issue gives different results, which sometimes contradict each other, so this is definitely not an axiom. Maybe it's better to just ask yourself: are you hungry in the morning? If not, then there is no need to force breakfast into yourself. And if so, find the perfect combination of tasty and healthy for yourself to recharge your vivacity at least until lunchtime.
Myth 5. Special exercises can remove fat from certain parts of the body
Unfortunately, it is not. By training certain muscle groups, you make them stronger, but the fat stays where it was. And a million crunches will not drive fat from the abdomen (the same applies to lunges that supposedly slim the hips, pull-ups for the relief of the upper arms, etc.). In other words, muscles develop and grow under the fat layer. And there are no exercises that target specific fat areas.
After reading this, do not despair. You can drive off the hated fat in a comprehensive manner, at once on all parts of the body, with the help of physical training in combination with a diet revision.
Myth 6. You need to take vitamins and supplements regularly
Many of us have absorbed this "knowledge" in childhood. But at the same time we forget that most of the substances necessary for the body are already contained in food, completely covering the daily norm. So if you do not have clear medical prescriptions, then additional doses of vitamins are more likely to harm your health. For example, did you know that regular consumption of vitamin E, also called anti-aging medicine, increases your risk of getting cancer or heart disease?
Myth 7. Vitamin C will help with colds
Remember this simple thing: Vitamin C works before, not after, illness. If you have regularly consumed foods rich in this vitamin throughout the year, then you will quickly and easily endure a cold. But by heavily loading yourself with oranges, when you have already caught a runny nose and cough, you will not help yourself with absolutely nothing.
Myth 8. A cleansing diet removes toxins from your body
But no. Your kidneys and liver are involved in detoxification, and all these "miracle" drinks, which are also sold in pharmacies and stores for athletes, are nothing more than a fruit and vegetable supplement to your diet. Which can be useful or not very good (more fruit juices - more sugar).
Myth 9. Low-calorie and low-fat foods are healthier than regular ones
In fact, many of these foods contain more sugar and saccharides to enhance their taste. Plus, more and more studies show that fats (with the exception of trans fats) are not our body's enemies. Unless, of course, you overeat. So doctors now advise buying regular milk, not skim milk.
Myth 10. To lose weight, you need to exercise
Recent experiences prove that just by training, without changing the diet, you will not achieve any success. If you really want to burn fat and tone up, then be sure to combine fitness with the right diet for you (you might be surprised, but you may need at least more nutritious calories, but a good nutritionist will tell you this).
And if you are still wondering which of the two will help you lose weight better - sports or a change in diet, then choose the second option: you will not go wrong!