These 7 health myths are the most commonly accepted ones, but they don’t really hold a strong scientific evidence to support them
We are surrounded by so many health-related myths that sometimes it becomes difficult to know what’s authentic and what’s not. What makes the situation worse is that we believe many of them for a long time and never even question about their scientific validity. It’s not possible to cover all those myths here, but we have picked the top 7 and most commonly believed myths.
1. You become fat by eating fatty foods
The statement sounds quite convincing and it’s natural that fatty foods make you fat, but actually this isn’t quite true. Just because you eat fatty foods doesn’t mean it’ll stay there forever. The reality is that you become fat if you consume more calories than you can burn. In fact, fats are a necessary part of a balanced and healthy diet. The real issue is the excess intake of fats and lack of physical activity i.e. calories intake is much greater than calories burnt.
2. Carbs also make you fat
It’s either fats or carbs that people blame all the time for being responsible for obesity and overweight. Once again it’s about healthy balance in diet and a balanced amount of carbs should not be a problem for anyone. Carbs can do their harm only if you eat a poor diet or don’t exercise regularly. Completely eliminating carbs from the diet is not recommended and a healthy balance should be maintained between different diets.
3. We need to poop daily
The frequency of pooping or defecation depends on so many factors and we cannot always expect it to be regular and scheduled. It all depends on staying hydrated, eating fiber-rich foods and living an active life. Our digestive systems are also not the same for everyone so don’t worry if you know about some talented friend of yours who can poop twice a day.
4. Microwaves kill the vital food nutrients
Microwaves can kill some of the nutrients in limited foods like it kills sulforaphane from broccoli, but that’s not true for most of the foods and nutrients. In general microwaves are not so much of a trouble as we think of them. The problem, however, is that they usually don’t heat the meals evenly creating a strange texture but still killing nutrients is not really the thing that they should be blamed for.
5. For every 3500 calories you burn, you lose a pound of fat
Mathematically the formula looks quite promising and people also like to believe a simple to understand equation like this. The problem, however, is that the formula lacks the consistency as burning a pound doesn’t always mean it all came from fat. The formula can be used for a general reference but should not be considered an absolute measure of fat loss.
6. You can burn fat in specific body parts by training
Many people believe that focusing exercise on certain muscle groups can help burn fat in those body parts only. In general terms, this seems logical but actually things don’t exactly work this way for example doing sit-ups will strengthen your abdominal muscles but will not burn fat specific to the area. Fat is burnt on an even basis throughout the human body and spot training isn’t that effective.
This, however, doesn’t mean that you should not do spot exercises at all as it does help in having a variety in the exercise regimen. A good balance of different exercises is recommended for body’s greater physical capabilities and good shape.
7. You can effectively track your fat loss progress using the scale
People want quantitative proofs that their diet and exercise plans are working for them and usually they head towards the scale to see if they have lost any weight. But the problem is that weight loss can mislead you as you are made not only of fats but also water which constitutes a huge portion of your body weight. Water, muscles and fats are all treated same for the scale and it makes no distinction between them. A better way to track is to see how you actually feel and look. If you are focusing on strengthening your muscles in your exercise plan, you may actually see a slight weight gain instead of weight loss and that’s normal with nothing to worry about it. Your local fitness centre may also be able to provide you with better numbers about your health and improvements made by the exercise plan.