There are multiple websites that list healthy living advice, including dietary changes, skincare, grooming, common health advice to follow, and more. However not all of this advice is safe or healthy, and some may even pose a risk to engagers. This article contains common health advice you should never follow.
Cutting Fat To Lose Weight:
Cutting fat to lose weight is not necessarily the best advice. Fat is essential to our diet, and fuels the body and brain. Fat is also necessary in absorbing fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins D, E, A, and K. Fat is also needed to help the body to absorb calcium.
Fat has been touted as being a negative to health because it contains more calories per gram than proteins and carbohydrates. However, fat reduces glycemic responses, which lowers the chance that the body will send out hunger signals shortly after having already consumed a meal. Following a low-fat plan reverses these signals, making the brain (the hypothalamus specifically) send out hunger signals and inducing food cravings. This leads to gained weight over time.
Running Vs. Walking A Mile:
Another health advice circulating the Internet is that running a mile versus walking a mile burns the same amount of calories. This is untrue. Laboratory studies have indicated that running a mile can burn 30% more calories compared to just walking a mile. This is because running takes more effort, and more muscles are used, which therefore burns more calories overall. Further, when running, the body’s weight is lifted off the ground, but with walking, one foot is always kept on the ground, which burns fewer calories overall.
Muscles Don't Weight More Than Fat:
Muscle does not weigh more than fat. Many individuals seem to believe that muscles weigh more, and therefore, can increase weight. This is untrue. Body fat is less compact than muscle, which is more dense. Muscles, therefore, take up less space in the body. This leads to an increase in body weight as more tight muscle is built up. Further, muscles need more calories than fat cells. Therefore, the more muscle a body has built up, the more calories will be burned during daily activities, and the more the body will lose weight.
Margarine Vs. Butter:
Margarine has been touted as a healthy alternative to using butter. However, margarine has a high proportion of trans fat, which can increase the body’s cholesterol levels. Margarine further contains roughly the same amount of calories as does butter. The healthiest option is to consume healthy virgin olive oil, or only small amounts of butter.
Isolate – Refined Version Of Soy Protein:
Soy protein has increasingly gained popularity as a healthy food choice. Soy protein itself is healthy, but the refined version, called the isolate, can increase the risks of some cancers and female infertility. This is because the isolate is similar in structure to estrogen, and can thus interfere with normal biochemical processes of the body.
Frozen dinners are consumed in ever-increasing rates. Some individuals believe that frozen foods are healthy to consume. However, frozen meals tend to be processed heavily and contain high levels of fats and salts. Frozen fruits and vegetables, however, are healthy—they are picked when ripe and frozen almost immediately, thus “locking” in the nutrients.