15 Health Trends That Aren’t as Healthy as You Think
Most people start off January wanting to be healthier. However, meticulously planned lists and written-down resolutions quickly devolve into finding the fastest way to lose weight that won’t break your budget. This leads many people towards some dubious health trends that hold tons of appeal because they’re easy, quick, and people swear that they get results.
However, a lot of these trends have recently been debunked as ineffective at best, while some have been proven to actually be harmful. Here is a list of health trends that aren’t actually as healthy as you think. Take a look at this list and see if you’ve resorted to any of these methods in the past.
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1. Eating everything fat-free
The word “fat” has come to be associated with every negative word in the dictionary. Although eating a diet high in trans or saturated fats is very unhealthy, there are many healthy fats that get lumped into this category that are actually integral to a healthy diet. Leaving out fats from your diet entirely cuts out critical nutrients that you will be unable to receive elsewhere.
2. Eating a raw vegan diet
Eating only raw vegan foods can be an incredibly healthy choice. Just as long as you do everything else to ensure that you’re getting the nutrients your body needs, which these foods don’t have. Going full raw vegan can leave you lacking in nutrients like calcium and Vitamin D. Without these essential nutrients, you leave yourself vulnerable to side effects like fatigue and constipation — and that’s only in the short term. You can support your health through vitamins and supplements if you choose to go raw vegan permanently.
3. Juice cleanses
Many people believe in the benefits of a good juice cleanse to lose weight and “cleanse” the body. Luckily for us, our bodies were made to clean themselves. There’s no need to put the body through any process like a juice cleanse in order to force it to clear out impurities. Juice cleanses can often lead to unpleasant bloating and gas, in addition to other potentially more harmful side effects like diarrhea and weakened immune function.