5 Health and Fitness Myths vs Facts

5 Health and Fitness Myths vs Facts

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In our world of readily available information, it’s easy to get lost when it comes to health tips. Whether it’s an old urban legend or the latest and greatest trend, don’t get caught up in the noise! Check out some of the most common myths and facts about taking care of your body.

1) Carbs Lead to Weight Gain

While it is true that loading up on processed, carbohydrate-rich foods like white bread and pasta can take their toll on your body, you don’t need to completely cut out carbs from your diet. In fact, good carb foods like whole grains and beans act as your body’s primary source of fuel and fiber.

2) Crunches Will Give You Flat Abs

Crunches are probably one of the most popular ab workouts around. But relying just on crunches won’t give you the six pack you’re looking for. Crunches are great for working out a small portion of your abs, but you’ll need to perform other exercises to tone your entire core. Crunches also don’t burn a lot of fat, which is key to flattening your stomach.

3) Eggs Are Bad for Your Heart

You might have heard that since egg yolks have higher levels of cholesterol, eating eggs regularly is bad for your heart health. But for most people, the amount of anything in one food doesn’t have as large an effect as the combination of fats from everything else. Eggs also have omega-3s that actually reduce the risk of heart disease. As with everything, just don’t overdo it.

4) Calories at Night are Worse than Calories During the Day

There is absolutely no difference in calories depending on the time of day. The only factor that matters is the total number of calories you consume. Eating later in the day tends to get a bad rap because we often choose more unhealthy foods and snack in greater quantities after the sun goes down.

5) Running is Bad for Your Knees

Now there is some truth to this myth. Running a lot can lead to more wear and tear on your joints, but a Stanford University study found that older runners’ knees were no less healthy than those of people who don’t run. The key is to do total-body workouts as well as your runs to build up the muscles that support your knees.