Seemingly harmless habits
Just as there are bad habits that are good for you, there are things that people are used to doing that they think are good, when in fact, they are not. Maybe it seemed logical, but when science investigated it, it turned out not to be true.
- Squeezing pimples: Many people like to squeeze their pimples (or pustules, as some people call them), but it’s not good for you. If you don’t do it right, you can get a nasty skin infection. Talk to your doctor about the right way to deal with skin problems, so you don’t hurt yourself more than you think.
- Eating unnatural “low-fat” foods: Because of the bad publicity that fat gets, many people think they are doing the right thing by buying skim milk, low-fat cheese, low-fat dressing and so on, but this is 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 makes you feel full longer.
- Eat six small meals a day: This is a typical diet idea that people think they should follow. It is common in many diet plans and is supposed to help control hunger by keeping blood sugar stable. Unfortunately, research shows that this doesn’t work because people who eat smaller meals are hungrier than people who eat smaller meals.
- Drinking bottled water instead of tap water: most bottled water is contaminated with plastic residue. If you live in a place with drinkable tap water, you should use it. You can buy a home filtration system that reduces the use of chemicals like bleach and fluoride. Want to read more about atomic habits, the book by James Clear?
- You drink juice every day: one problem with juice, even if it is freshly squeezed, is that all the fiber has been removed. If you drink juice without the fiber in it, you are bombarding your body with a high dose of what your body thinks is sugar.
- You do not eat carbohydrates: many people see friends giving up carbohydrates and gluten, so they think this is for them. The truth is, if you don’t have any medical conditions that a low-carb or gluten-free diet will help, you could be harming your health. People without health problems need carbohydrates – including fruits, vegetables, and grains.
- They do juice and smoothie “fasts”: many people these days like to do “detoxes” to cleanse their bodies, and often this manifests with smoothies or juices. The bad thing is that these recipes are usually based on a lot of fruits, which can harm your blood sugar and metabolism.
- You train for hours a day: physical activity is good for you, but professional athletes know that daily training is good for nothing but making sure you perform at your best on the day of the game or event. Normal people at this level shouldn’t have to train like this every day and take breaks.
If you are already doing some of these things, research them further to see for yourself that they are not good for you after all if you do them regularly.