Eight Seemingly Harmless Habits That Are Actually Bad for You
Just like there are bad habits that are actually good for you, there are things that people do habitually that they think are good when theyre really not. Maybe it seemed logical but then turned out not to be true once science looked at it.
1. Squeezing Your Pimples Many people like to squeeze their pimples (or spots as some people call them), but this is not good for you. If you dont do it right, you could end up with a nasty skin infection. Talk to your doctor about the right way to deal with skin issues, so you dont hurt yourself more than you think you do.
2. Eating Unnaturally “Low-Fat” Food Due to all the bad press that fat gets, a lot of people think theyre doing the right thing when they buy low-fat milk, low-fat cheese, low-fat dressing and so forth but its not good for you. The main reason is that they usually replace the fat with sugar to make it palatable. Eating natural fat is much better for you than sugar, plus it satiates you longer.
3. Eating Six Small Meals a Day This is a common diet idea that people think they need to follow. Its common in all types of diet plans and is supposed to help control hunger by keeping your blood sugar steady. Sadly, studies are showing that this doesnt really work because people who eat smaller meals report being hungrier more than those who eat fewer larger meals.
4. Drinking Bottled Water over Tap Water Most bottled water is infected with plastic residue. If you live in a place with potable tap water, you should use it. You can get an in-home filtering system that will cut down on chemicals like bleach and fluoride.
5. You Drink Juice Every Day One problem with juice, even if its freshly squeezed, is that all the fiber has been removed. When you drink juice without the fiber in it, you are just bombarding your body with a high dose of sugar that your body thinks is just sugar.
6. You Dont Eat Carbs Many people see friends giving up carbs and gluten, so they think this is for them. The truth is if you have no medical conditions that are helped with a low-carb or no-gluten diet, you could be harming your health. People without health conditions need carbs – including fruit, veggies, and grains.
7. You Do Juice and Smoothie “Fasts” Lots of people today like to do “detoxes” to clean their bodies, and often this manifest with smoothies or juices. The bad thing is, most of the time these are high-fruit-based recipes that can really harm your blood sugar and your metabolism.
8. You Work Out for Hours Per Day Exercise is good for you, but professional athletes know that daily training is not actually good for anything other than ensuring high performance on the day of the contest or event. Normal people should not train daily like that at that level, and should take breaks from working out.
If you already do some of these things, research them further so youll see for yourself that these are not really good for you to do regularly after all.