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Science reveals 4 harmful myths that make you sicker and fatter

Science reveals 4 harmful myths that make you sicker and fatter

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You've probably heard some questionable information and advice about health and weight loss over the years. It could be from well-intentioned friends, a story on the Internet, celebrity statements on social media, or the evening news.

Some of this misinformation stems from innocent misunderstandings and some of it is deliberately deceiving — especially if someone is trying to push their own agenda. But no matter the intentions, most of what you hear or read about health and nutrition is adversely affecting your health.

To set the record straight, here are four common diet and nutrition myths you've most likely been led to believe.

Myth #1—My metabolism is slowing down

Many people believe that as they age, their metabolism (the rate at which bodies utilize calories for energy) decreases. But the truth is that many people "break" their metabolism by following poor advice.

Take extreme dieting, for example. When someone suddenly consumes much fewer calories than they're used to, the body interprets this as "starvation mode," which actually slows metabolism.

A study published by The Obesity Society found that contestants from a popular weight-loss reality show didn't maintain their weight over time. The more pounds they lost, the lower their metabolism. The lower the metabolism, the more the body hangs on to fat.

Another report published in Science.org showed that metabolic rate is basically static through all of adulthood—up until around 65 years old

Fortunately, if you've fallen victim to poor dieting advice, you can get your metabolic rate back to normal by carefully managing your intake of macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fats).

Myth #2—Exercise can make up for a bad diet

As much as you might want it to be true, you can't exercise off the effects of a bad diet. Some people use exercise as a form of punishment for consuming unhealthy foods because they think it's all about "burning off" those extra calories. But they fail to consider what those nutrient-lacking foods may be doing to their bodies — and weight gain is only part of it.

Don't assume that a "normal" BMI means you're in the clear, either. One study published on PubMed found that 17.27% of individuals with a BMI between 18.5-24.9 kg/m2 had metabolic syndrome — or insulin resistance. This means a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and a host of other health problems.

Science reveals 4 harmful myths that make you sicker and fatter
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Of course, that doesn't mean exercise isn't important. For optimal health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 to 300 minutes per week of moderate exercise for adults or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous exercise. Yes, it may help you maintain your weight, but the benefits don't stop there. You're also strengthening your heart, improving brain health and preparing your body for proper nutrient absorption.

The key is to fuel your body with the right kinds of calories so that you can get the most out of whichever workout you like best.

Myth #3—All calories are the same

No, not all calories are created equal. True, they may carry the same amount of energy, but they can affect your health differently.

Take the simple sugars fructose and glucose, for example. According to Healthline, they provide the same number of calories, but the way they metabolize in your body is different. While all of your tissues can metabolize glucose, only your liver metabolizes fructose. Fructose also contains higher levels of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, which means it's not as satisfying. It can also lead to insulin resistance.

Clearly, a bowl full of candy isn't going to sustain you the way a fish filet would — even if they're both 200 calories.

Healthline also found that low-carb diets were two to three times more likely to lead to weight loss than low-fat diets. (Which leads into the next myth.)

Myth #4—A low-fat diet is the best for weight loss

If you've ever tried to lose weight, there is a good chance that you've at least considered a low-fat diet. In 1977, the US Dietary Guidelines were published and even without significant evidence from randomized controlled trials and testing, these guidelines recommended a significant reduction in dietary fat, which started the nationwide mentality to fear fat.

Vasanti Malik, a research scientist with the Department of Nutrition at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health reports people should know the facts about fat.

"Fat helps give your body energy, protects your organs, supports cell growth, keeps cholesterol and blood pressure under control, and helps your body absorb vital nutrients," says Malik. "When you focus too much on cutting out all fat, you can actually deprive your body of what it needs most."

However, it's important to choose the right kinds of fat for your diet. Malik suggests steering clear of saturated fats and opting instead for mono- and polyunsaturated fats. (Avocados, nuts, olive oil, fish and eggs are good examples of these.)

A study published in Nutrition and Metabolism also found a link between high-fat/low-carb diets and weight loss in obese adults. In the study, adults who consumed more fat and fewer carbs experienced a drop in insulin resistance as well as improved cholesterol levels.

Based on research, not fads

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To be clear, weight loss and better health are not necessarily synonymous. Simply losing weight doesn't make you "healthy." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says your best health starts with the right blend of nutrition. Eating the right things will boost your immune system, strengthen your muscles and bones, improve your gut health and ultimately lead to a longer life. Improving your appearance is just the icing on the (very healthy) cake.

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