We all know that not all health living advices we read and see in the news are true. However, some advices are so persistent that they sound scientific and factual, even if they are simply wrong. And since medical knowledge consistently change, many health advices we assume are true are actually still under debate—or even considered downright bad. Here are a few of the trendy advices that health professionals in Singapore strongly disagree with.
1. Eat Low-Carb Diet to Optimize Workout
If you’re an athlete or even just a gym rat, you have probably been told to minimize carbs to be able to perform at your peak, but this could actually be doing the opposite to your body. Carbohydrate is your body’s natural fuel during high-intensity training, and that is scientifically proven. While lowering carb intake may work for elite athletes for their endurance training, it isn’t something that average people should be doing, unless you’re advised by a professional.
2. Start the Day With Whole Grains
You’ve probably heard that whole grains make you feel full for longer hours, but experts disagree to this idea. Since they spike up the glucose level in your blood, they could leave you craving for carbs sooner than expected. If you want a hearty breakfast that keeps you full until lunchtime, eggs and toast are better option.
3. Eat Lots of Small Meals
This one may surprise you, since we often hear this as a weight loss tip. Although this can be done and may be effective for some, it’s not for everyone. While some people manage their weight better with frequent eating, others do better with three square meals a day. If you think you’re doing better with intermittent fasting, there’s no need to force yourself into the inconvenience of eating every two hours, especially if that’s unsustainable with your lifestyle and schedule.
4. Lose Weight By Burning More and Taking Less Calories
Counting calories alone is not an effective weight loss technique. The amount of calories printed on the label isn’t going to be the same once the food is in the body. For example, some food can cause your metabolism to speed up or slow down. And if you plan to reduce your caloric intake, you have to make sure that you are still getting enough nutrients and eating foods that satisfy you, or you’ll end up in the unhealthy cycle of frequent weight loss and weight gain.
Whether you’re aiming to lose weight or just be more health conscious with your decisions, it’s important to follow the right tips and advices. Your best option is to consult a healthcare professional to ensure you’re getting the effects you’re expecting.