10 Myths About Health You Need to Stop Believing

While it can be easy to focus on the current problem at hand, it’s important to understand why you are experiencing these issues in the first place. Understanding the root cause of your health problems will give you some insight into how to best deal with them and prevent similar issues from occurring in the future. Unfortunately, many people believe certain health myths that cause them to throw their hands up in frustration instead of actually improving their health situations. In order to truly improve your health, make sure you stop believing these myths about health today!

1: An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Health professionals have been telling us for a long time that eating an apple is good for us. Whether it’s fighting cancer or reducing inflammation, an apple is thought of as an essential part of a healthy diet. But what if this statement actually isn’t true? What if you could be healthier by skipping the fruit?
Believe it or not, new studies are suggesting that the idea that apples are good for our health may be false. In fact, some believe apples might actually do more harm than good!

2: Green tea helps you lose weight

Green tea does help the body burn fat, but it isn’t the most effective form of exercise for weight loss. Drink a cup before or after your workout for a boost of metabolism.

3: You have to work out everyday

Myth #3: Working out every day is necessary for your body to function. Research shows that working out five days a week may actually be more effective than working out six or seven days a week. This should be your ultimate goal, but if it’s not possible right now, don’t beat yourself up about it and just exercise when you can.

4: Lifting weights makes women look like men

One of the most common myths about weightlifting is that women will get big and bulky like a man. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, lifting weights helps women lose weight, sculpt their body into shape, and it has been proven to lower your risk for many diseases such as cancer or diabetes! Don’t believe me?

5: Yoga is the best form of exercise for everyone

Yoga is an excellent way of keeping the body fit and healthy. But not every person should do yoga, particularly those with back problems or other conditions that make it difficult to perform some poses. Yoga requires a high level of flexibility and can be dangerous if performed incorrectly. Those with severe back pain, for example, may not be able to take deep breaths or adopt certain positions in a typical yoga class. If you have any doubts about your abilities in yoga before starting the program, consult your doctor first for clearance.

6: Only skinny people are healthy

It is a fact that unhealthy individuals are more likely to be overweight. Obesity and obesity-related diseases are on the rise and can lead to chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancer. Unhealthy people who have a high body fat percentage have a much higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those with healthy weight levels.
This myth has caused many people—especially females—to feel ashamed about their bodies. This pressure can be both mentally and physically harmful.

7: Low-fat foods are better for your health than high fat foods

Many people who are looking for a quick fix for their weight may not realize that fat is necessary for the absorption of many vitamins and minerals in your diet.
For example, you need fat to help your body absorb important substances like vitamin A, D, E, K, cholesterol and Omega-3s.
Low-fat or no-fat products may lack certain fatty acids that are essential for health because these foods require fat for production.

8: Anyone can stick to an exercise regimen if they try hard enough.

It can be incredibly frustrating when you’ve worked hard at your fitness routine for months and all of a sudden you stop seeing any progress. The trick here is not about being motivated or making any changes, it’s about your metabolism. When we’re under a lot of stress, our metabolism decreases so that we use fewer calories – even when exercising regularly. This is due to what’s known as the fight-or-flight response and it’s totally natural.

9. Stress causes weight gain.

Stress does not cause weight gain, rather the opposite. People who struggle with stress actually tend to lose weight over time. This is because stress hormones control appetite, causing a slower metabolism and reduced production of insulin- also an appetite suppressant. Without these hormones working in your system, you may be more likely to reach for comfort foods when stressed, which can lead to unwanted weight gain.

10. Exercise should make you feel tired

The good news is you can start doing something as simple as walking at a moderate pace for 30 minutes three times a week, and feel the benefits of exercise even if it doesn’t make you tired. Exercise should make you stronger, not just tired!
Research supports this idea. People in one study were assigned to two groups: high-intensity training or low-intensity training. Those who exercised at the high-intensity level reported feeling less fatigued than those who exercised at a lower intensity level.

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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full-time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, and websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian, and Spanish.