As the fitness has attracted everyone’s attention these days, there are number of health myths circulating around us. Media (newspapers, television, internet) add to them constantly. Before falling pray to such myths, be aware of them and keep away!
Myth 1: One can choose where to lose (spot reduction is possible).
Fact: One cannot select the area where one wants to lose fat. One must focus on overall fat reduction to achieve desirable results at any place!
Myth 2: Restricting fat intake will cause fat loss
Fact: Along with fats, one must concentrate on calorie and simple carbohydrate intake for optimum weight loss.
Myth 3: All fats are bad
Fact: Some fats such as omega 3 fats are good for health. They are also known as heart friendly fats. Animal fats which are rich in cholesterol and saturated fats are bad if taken in excess.
Myth 4: Acne is caused due to improper digestion
Fact: Though improper digestion is one of the reasons for acne, there are number of other reasons involved. e.g. inadequate water intake, dandruff, oily and salty food consumption, hormonal changes etc.
Myth 5:Thin people need not worry about fast food
Fact: Thin people can have high body fat% despite of their thin physique. Fast food also contributes to excess sugar intake and salt intake; both are bad for thin people too.
Myth 6: Muscle loss is inevitable with age
Fact: No, with a proper diet and exercise one can maintain a good muscle mass and muscle tome at any age.
Myth 7: Proteins are good so they can be taken in any amount.
Fact: Though the proteins are good, taking proteins beyond our requirements may put unnecessary load on kidneys and thus can affect health. One must know the exact protein requirement for his/her age and activity and take proteins as advised by doctors or dieticians.
Myth 8: Fats can be converted to muscles
Fact: Fat and muscles are to different tissues and they cannot be converted to other types.
Myth 9: Taking plenty of water is good for health
Fact: Taking 12 to 15 glasses of water (2-3 liters) in a day is good. People in hot weather may require extra water. But taking excessive water unnecessarily should be avoided.
Myth 10: Excessive sugar intake causes diabetes
Fact: Excessive sugar wont directly lead to diabetes. It leads to weight gain if one is inactive and obesity leads to diabetes.