We all have them — habits we think are healthy because we heard them somewhere on the news or from a health-conscious friend. And no matter how much we hate them, we just keep doing them because we think they’re good for us. For example, take using BMI to tell whether you’re a healthy weight. Is it really the best measure of fitness? What about only eating fruits and veggies to lose weight? Is that really the best way to drop pounds? Or taking a daily multivitamin. Healthy habit or a little bit of nonsense? The answers to these questions might surprise you! Here are 10 “healthy” habits you should give up this year.
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The holiday season is an extremely difficult time to stay focused on eating healthfully, exercising regularly and improving wellness. Trust me, I understand. Even if you have superhuman willpower, the holiday season is challenging for everyone. It is indeed a tricky time. But despite the difficulties, with some thought, strategy and determination, it’s possible to survive the holidays with your wellness intact. To help you start 2017 with good health and momentum, rather than a long list of resolutions, here are some strategies for a successful—and healthy— holiday season.
A new study into the effectiveness of fitness trackers for weight loss found the wearable devices may not be as helpful as previously thought. And in fact, they may even have the opposite effect. In the new report published September 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh… View Article
This past Thursday was the official first day of autumn, and with the turning of the seasons comes the return of one of America’s favorite fall drink — Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. Since first introducing the beverage nearly 13 years ago, the Pumpkin Spice Latte still remains Starbucks most popular seasonal beverage. Forbes estimated that… View Article
New research reveals that the sugar industry funded studies in the early 1960s that downplayed sugar’s critical role in heart disease, while instead placing the blame on fats. This is the latest example of food and beverage makers attempting to shape public understanding of nutrition, with this recent revelation proving that a dangerous and erroneous cornerstone of… View Article
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have identified a gene that appears to curb coffee consumption, suggesting that DNA may influence how much coffee someone drinks. In the study, which was published August 25 in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers asked more than 1,200 people in Italy how much coffee they drank a day and… View Article
It’s one thing to notice an uptick in appetite if you’ve been training hard at the gym, or if you’re pregnant or PMS-ing. But when you always feel like a bottomless pit for no obvious reason, then something’s definitely up. “Hunger is the physiological need for calories, water, and salt, and it’s driven by a… View Article
Even if you eat plenty of fruits and veggies and already know about the latest and greatest superfoods on the market, that’s only half the battle. The other half: understanding how to reap the biggest benefits from all that hard work. We asked a pair of registered dietitians to pinpoint the big mistakes that are… View Article
Losing weight does more than give you an excuse to buy new clothes. Dropping just 5% to 10% of your body weight can improve your overall health and reduce your risk for heart disease and diabetes. But shedding unwanted pounds can also have less-obvious effects, and not always for the better, says Dr. Adam Tsai,… View Article
Perfectly adhering to any diet 100 percent of the time is a challenge in the real world, and that’s where both you and I live. I don’t want you to experience the guilt commonly associated with “cheating” on a diet. Instead, I want you to get into the mindset of “sensible splurging.” (Note: Dr. Phil’s… View Article
If you love having cereals, have some more, as a study has found proof that consuming more dietary fibre helps reduce risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The authors evaluated the associations between total fibre as well as fibre from cereal, fruit, and vegetable sources, and new-onset type 2 diabetes in a large European cohort… View Article
Scientists at the Imperial College London found that one’s obesity risk can be detected using urine samples. The findings of the study provide more insight into how obesity causes other diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. The researchers decided to focus on the urine because it contains metabolites, a substance produced by… View Article