Sorting fact from fiction where our health is concerned is difficult at the best of times. Moreover, there are some facts that are little known, but super important. Read on for our top ones relating to food, fitness and feeling good.
Coconut oil can be as bad as lard. Coconut oil is higher in saturated fat (the type linked to high cholesterol and heart disease) than butter and lard; hardly the superfood we’ve been led to believe. How it impacts our health depends on the form and the amount we consume. Like a lot of things, it’s therefore best to consume coconut oil in moderation.
Juice cleanses are bad for you. Not only is going on a ‘cleanse’ simply unnecessary (we have the liver to do that for us already), it can be dangerous if done for a prolonged amount of time and without proper supervision. It severally restricts calories, could lead to nutrient deficiencies as well as causes sharp spikes in blood sugar over the day, to name a few side effects.
We only need 10-15% of our total energy to come from protein. Whilst protein is essential for muscle maintenance, government guidelines state we need much less protein than the average Western diet contains. For an average woman consuming 2000 calories per day, this means consuming ‘just’ 45g of protein per day.
Sit-ups won’t give you a flat stomach. Many people fall into the trap of thinking sit-ups are the key to an incredible torso. However, abdominal exercises alone are not enough to reduce abdominal fat; nutrition, as well as exercises that target core muscles, are also essential.
Exercise alone won’t make you thin. Many studies have shown that exercise, when not combined with dietary changes, may result in very little weight loss. However, it is important to remember that exercise still has plenty of other health benefits.
Long duration, low intensity exercise isn’t necessarily the best way to lose fat. Whilst our bodies switch to using more fat over longer bouts of exercise, the best way to lose fat is maximising the overall number of calories burned in an exercise session.
Sleep = happiness. According to a recent study, one extra hour of sleep each night does more for your daily happiness than an extra $60,000 in household income.
Being an optimist could help you live a healthier life. Research suggests there’s a correlation between increasing levels of optimism and leading a healthier life.