How do you know if you are being advised the right thing?
What if I told you that not all health tips you know are true? Your belief on that thing would be completely lost. Maybe some of it are true yet some of it are truly terrible for your health. Yet what are the advises to take and what are to be thrown away about the health tips you have known for a long time? Not all you read in the social media or the internet is true, and sometimes, they’re just too good to be true. Here are some of the seemingly smart health tips that are actually the worst.
1. Don’t eat after a certain point at night or else you’ll gain weight.
You’ve probably heard of the importance of ~not eating after 8 p.m.~ or something similar when you’re trying to be healthy. Timing does play into how your eating habits affect weight loss, because unhealthy foods are the worst when you eat them at inactive times, but there’s not much of a difference between eating a cookie at 3 p.m. at your desk and before you go to bed, Albert Matheny, C.S.C.S., R.D., co-founder of Soho Strength Lab in New York City, tells BuzzFeed Life. You’re inactive at both hours of the day, so your body will store that sugar as fat either way. But when it comes to snacking healthily at night, it’s all about moderation, not time.
Better advice: “Apply the same rules of healthy eating you would at any other time of day, and you’ll be fine,” says Matheny.
2. Take Tylenol or another OTC medicine to deal with a hangover.
Do you love your liver? DO NOT DO THIS. Mixing alcohol and acetaminophen (Tylenol) can cause liver damage. In fact, you should be super careful when you mix OTC medication with alcohol in any capacity — that Advil you took for your headache yesterday might still be in your system when you go out tonight. For more details on how to be safer when popping pills and popping bottles, read this.
Better advice: The National Institute of Health suggests drinking slowly and on a full stomach to prevent hangovers, as well as drinking lots of water (if not between every drink, then at least before bed). Then, if you wake up in the morning feeling wretched, sports drinks and bouillon soup are good for replacing the salt and potassium you’ve lost after drinking booze.
3. Vitamins and supplements will help you be healthier.
Nope. You do need vitamins to be healthy, yes, but the thing is, if you eat a balanced diet, you will probably get all the vitamins that you need. In fact, unless you have a specific need (like if you’re a vegan supplementing your plant-based diet with B12),vitamins could actually be hurting your health.
Better advice: Load up on vitamin-rich foods and talk to your doctor on what deficiencies you might need to supplement.
4. Stop snacking if you want to lose weight.
Snacking isn’t the enemy — mindless snacking on crappy foods is. Eating between meals is actually essential to keeping your blood sugar up and preventing you from overindulging later out of hunger, says Matheny.
Better advice: “If you know you’re going to go more than three or four hours without any food, it’s a good idea to have at least some kind of protein,” Matheny says. If you need some ideas, check out what healthy people actually snack on here.
5. Cut fat from your diet, because it will make you fat.
“Fat helps speed digestion, regulate your blood sugar and hormones, and keep you full and energized,” says Matheny. Translation? You do NOT want to cut it from your diet — you just want to make sure you’re eating the right kind. If you want to cut fat from your diet, says Matheny, it should be fat from processed foods (mostly saturated fat and trans fat).
Better advice: Everyone’s needs are different, but as a general rule, Matheny says you should aim to get 30% of your daily calories from protein, 40% from fat, and 30% from carbohydrates. The simplest way to make sure you’re getting the “good” fats is to consume any fat that comes “in its whole food form.” Think: avocados, coconut, eggs, nuts.
6. Carbs are terrible for you, and you should avoid them.
NOPE. It’s fine if you decide you want to cut out some of the more unhealthy carbs, like highly refined flour products like white bread, but to cut them out completely will lead to problems. “Carbs are your body’s main energy source,” says Matheny. “If you cut carbohydrates completely, your body will get its energy from fat and you’ll feel dizzy and nauseous.” As long as you’re keeping it within reason and getting your carbs from the right places, carbs should be a staple of a healthy diet.
Better advice: Always have a baseline of at least 50 grams of carbohydrates a day, says Matheny. Get them from sweet potatoes, bananas, whole wheat, and any number of healthy options that don’t deserve to be nixed from your diet.
7. Make sure you’re bundled up in the cold or rain or else you’ll get sick.
Despite the fact that you probably heard it a million times growing up, shielding yourself from the weather doesn’t have anything to do with catching a cold or flu, says Donnica Moore, M.D., author of Women’s Health for Life. “The belief comes from the fact that cough, cold, and flu season is the winter, and so people think it’s from being cold. It’s not,” she says. “In part, it’s because we’re indoors a lot more and we’re around contagious people. But the cold is also optimal for viruses to spread.”
Better advice: Obviously, you still want to make sure you’re dressed appropriately for the weather for other reasons. But if it’s getting sick you’re worried about, concentrate on hand-washing, says Moore. AKA do it a lot. Go here for more information on staying healthy.
8. If a workout doesn’t hurt, you’re not going to see results.
Better advice: Aim for a sweet spot of exerting 85% of your effort. And if you find yourself super sore after every workout, even weeks after you get started, something isn’t right and you should consult a doctor or a trainer, says Matheny.
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