Some of the so called “facts” that even physicians find themselves repeating are actually potentially misleading or harmful myths.
These days, almost anyone on the street possesses at least basic health and medical knowledge. Unfortunately, however, recent research has indicated that much of this knowledge is predicated on a series of fallacies that can either cost you time, money, or both.
In fact, there are so many medical myths that are bandied about on a regular basis that disproving all of them is actually quite troublesome. Discussed below are some of the most common medical myths and why the science behind them falls short of the truth.
Muscle Weighs More than Fat
This one is actually akin to the “What weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?” question; a pound of muscle simply weighs the same as a pound of fat. A more accurate distinction would be that fat takes up significantly more volume. A pound of fat, in fact, takes up as much as two to three times the space of a pound of muscle. Thus, fat does indeed make you look bulky.
Another distinction is that a pound of muscle burns more calories than a pound of fat; about 50 more a day. So muscle can actually help keep the fat off, even when all you are doing is sitting around.
Carbohydrates Are the Enemy
The recent decade has effectively made carbohydrates dietary public enemy number one. This is a shame, because carbohydrates are an integral part of any healthy and balanced diet. In fact, you should probably be consuming far more than you currently are. The distinction, of course, is between simple and complex carbs. The former at best does you minimal good whilst at worst spikes your blood sugar and causes you to store fat.
The latter, on the other hand, helps keep your blood sugar stable, regulates your digestive system, and even helps keep you full for significantly longer periods of time. Just minimize your simple carb intake (without eliminating it entirely) while increasing your dietary fiber intake, and you will find yourself healthier and fitter within a month or two.
Carbs in general are your primary source of energy. Eliminating them entirely is about as wise as giving up protein.
Eating at Night Makes you Fat
The popular narrative here is that eating at night will cause you to gain weight, and it is only technically correct. If you backload most of your calories towards the end of the day, you are more likely to put on weight. In reality, however, it is more about how much you eat throughout the day.
Consuming 2,000 calories in excess will make you put on pounds regardless of when you eat them. Your metabolism does slow down at the end of the day, and you will have less time to digest the food and burn off the calories, but it won’t be the sole reason that you find yourself overweight. Focus more on what you eat every single meal rather than when you eat.