Ever wonder how there can be so many scientists, using so many billions of dollars in research, and yet we continue to trend toward higher, near-epidemic levels of obesity, diabetes, and cancer? Well, the pressures of Wall Street on our government certainly play a role, but there’s also some very toxic and terrible advice out there that is leading people to gain weight.
Here are the four most shocking and diet-related tips that could be hurting your progress toward health, not helping it! These unlikely health and diet misconceptions can lead to obesity!
1. Do a new routine, even if it causes you more stress
This one’s wrong! The problem with health advice that asks you to work out for two hours a day, or sacrifice anything else in your regular schedule that relieves stress, is that such a change can drive up your pounds.
Stress levels have an incredibly high correlation with weight gain, so it’s quite difficult to lose weight when you’re stressed out. If you’re getting nutrition advice or a complicated regimen that’s causing you stress, move on.
A stress-filled body will have a difficult time losing weight. But of course, if you can implement a few changes that reduce your stress, this might be a suitable alternative.
2. Eat your daily servings of grains
Wrong again! Humans developed the capability to grow, farm, and process grains. The problem was, we never needed them (or very much of them anyway). This is a significant factor in the evolutionary diets and lifestyles that are becoming a popular path to weight loss.
If you ask people how they’re losing weight, a high percentage of them will likely say they’ve cut out grains from their diets completely.
3. Eat fruits every day
Nope! Fruits are unquestionably filled with nutrients that are helpful, but they’re also full of insulin-triggering natural sugars and carbohydrates. When we were hunters and gatherers centuries ago, we ate fruit sparingly, and without added sugars such as high fructose corn syrup (which is commonly found in canned fruit, and is a major contributor to weight gain).
4. Thyroid issues are uncontrollable
Your thyroid gland is incredibly important when it comes to regulating your metabolism and kickstarting (or completely shutting off) your ability to burn extra fat from your body. It’s commonly believed that we have little control over this gland, but that’s just incorrect!
There are a few experts online who have found ways to assist your thyroid functions toward a healthy, steadily fat-burning future.