10 Health Myths You Probably Believe
Christmas has passed and as we make the transition from decking the halls to fulfilling our new year’s resolutions, the spring approaches as well.
The holidays are a great time to pack on the pounds accidentally (it’s actually an international phenomenon, not just for us turkey leg wavin’ Americans) and many people will try ridiculous things to avoid gaining some weight over the next few months.
That’s why we took a closer look at some of the most common health “tricks” our readers e-mailed us about that were complete hogwash.
Most (if not all) of the health and fitness myths out there exist because they are completely plausible and even worse: people tend to believe them.
1. Never, Ever Eat After Dinner
In order to lose weight (or maintain current weight) we should never eat a late night snack, right?
This commonly held belief makes sense at first glance. If you’re going straight to bed after eating, what happens to all those calories? Aren’t they wasted by being asleep?
According to a 2011 study from the Obesity Journal, people who ate their carbs at dinner and as a late night snack experienced greater weight loss than those who kept carb consumption to the daytime.
Don’t go overboard though… too many calories will result in weight gain, regardless of when you eat them.