Do Away With These 9 Health Myths At The Earliest
Humans have been dogged by myths since time immemorial. The human body is a complex machine and even in the day of modern science and technology, we haven't found the solution for many of the issues related to our health and well being. At such times, myths come into play and block the truth. Here we state the 9 health myths you should stop believing in.
Myth 1: Thinner People Are Healthier, Heavier People Are Not
Well, in a way you can make out how healthy someone is by taking a look at the person's body. But looks can be deceptive. It is completely true that a fat person might be way healthier than a thinner person. Remember, some people have high Body Mass Index (BMI) but that is no indicator of health.
Myth 2: Drink Eight Glasses Of Water A Day
Naah! Okay, we do agree that everyone should drink water regularly, as it has many benefits for the body. But, to say that a specific number – like eight glasses of water – is ideal, doesn't make much sense, and in actuality isn't based on any research. So, just stay hydrated.
Myth 3: Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal
You would have read tons and tons of newspaper articles, blogs and heard even teachers in school saying this. Sadly, this isn't true. If you wake up feeling full, there is no need to force feed yourself. So, chill.
Myth 4: No Exercise During Pregnancy
Now this is next level crazy. If the myth had any sense, ladies during their pregnancy would have to just lie down on featherbeds and do nothing. But, exercise is completely beneficial for pregnant women, more so because it later aids the process of delivery. However, this doesn't mean they overdo it.
Myth 5: Hours Of Cardio Is Best For Weight Loss
Nope, hours and hours of cardio is not the best way to lose weight. Instead, short bursts of intense resistance training have resulted in faster weight loss. As the body adjusts to steady state, the metabolic rate comes back to normal; hence, there is little benefit in spending hours on a treadmill.
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Myth 6: Weights Make Women Bulky
This is utter rubbish that has been told decade after decade. Given the advancement in the field of health, there are still who believe in this. If you are a woman, the only thing you need to know is that you don't have enough testosterone to get jacked and bulk up. End of story!
Myth 7: Women Need To Eat For Two When Pregnant
This is just useless data that has been passed on from generation to generation. If you are an Indian you'd have heard this time and again. Yes, a lady has a new being inside her but, that doesn't mean she has to eat for two full grown people. Just 300 extra calories should be more than sufficient.
Myth 8: You Get Taller By Stretching
This is just like the saying "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride." Sure, stretching helps to add a few inches by stretching your muscles. But height is something genetic and no amount of stretching can change that. If that were the case, every gymnast would be 7 ft. tall.
Myth 9: Slimming Belts Tone Your Abs
Again a myth that makes me bang my head against the wall. No belts can help you get abs; proper workout and diet will. So don't waste your money on stupid belts.
I know there are many more, but for now try dealing with these 9 myths first. That alone should pave the way for a happy life.