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The Absolute Worst Wellness Myths You Need To Stop Believing Right Now

In your social media feeds, you’ve probably seen health-related articles that made bold claims about improving your life. Did you ever follow their advice – but ended up being disappointed?

Maybe you followed a strict diet or an intensive exercise plan that promised rapid results. Or, heard of a serum that claims it can turn back the hands of time? It’s possible that the service or commodity was promoted as something that will unquestionably fulfil its intended purpose. Whether it’s the explosion of “fitness influencers” or the proliferation of “wellness gurus,” social media has unleashed a tidal wave of misleading health advice. While it’s true that some information found online can be useful, it’s also true that a lot of it is unproven, inaccurate, and even potentially harmful.

Don’t Believe In These Wellness Myths

Carbohydrates Are Harmful

One of the most common health fallacies in diet culture is that carbohydrates are inherently bad for you, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. A diet high in healthy carbs is linked to a longer life expectancy. But remember, this is only true for some carbs. Sugar, corn syrup, etc. should absolutely be avoided. Complex carbohydrates found in foods including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes are good for you.

Lectins Are To Be Avoided

Diet books, pills, and high-profile celebrity weight reduction programmes have all contributed to lectins’ meteoric rise to fame as carbohydrate-binding proteins. Raw legumes and whole grains are particularly high in these proteins, however they may be found in other plant foods.

While lectins have acquired a bad image for leading to GI pain and other unpleasant side effects, consuming foods with high concentrations of lectins is really rather rare. That’s because lectin-containing foods are often consumed in a cooked form, while the proteins are at their most potent in their raw form. Introduce lectins into your diet gradually, maybe starting with a teaspoon per day of a range of lectin-containing foods until you reach a point where you can handle them.

Coconut Oil Is Miraculous And Everyone Should Use It Liberally

Coconut oil has risen to prominence in the wellness industry on the back of claims that it can do anything from stimulate weight loss and increase energy to sate appetite and alleviate stress. In spite of its popularity, moderation is key because of coconut oil’s high saturated fat content, a kind of fat that has been linked to an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

“Quick Remedies” Are Effective

It’s only natural to want to feel your best at a once-in-a-lifetime event like a wedding, a Christmas party, or a vacation. “Get thin quick schemes” like crash diets, which promise rapid weight loss, aren’t sustainable and are often unhealthy.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being driven and having a deadline. However, the most enduring and successful nutritional and physical adjustments happen because you’re making them holistically and integrating them into your lifestyle.

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Indrani Karmakar from Siliguri is a writer and artist. After graduating in Political science, she broadened her horizons and dived into the world of creativity. She loves adding humour and innovation to everything in and around her. When she is not working, you will find her collecting oddly shaped pebbles, doodling, crafting, and if you are really lucky- you can even catch her humming!
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