6 Healthy Habits That Are Actually Bad For You

We as a society are constantly bombarded with articles, studies, and TV news reports about how to be healthy. Sometimes, you will see a study funded with actual money that claims something like, “Studies show that a steady diet of nothing but lard and bacon grease is a major contributing factor to obesity.” You don’t say? And you paid money to figure that out? Once in a while you actually get good info from these stories, but seldom do you hear about the ways in which “healthy habits” aren’t all sunshine and unicorn taints. Keep on reading to learn about six healthy habits that are actually bad for you.
Vegetarian or vegan diets. We as a species are natural omnivores, but who is to say biology is destiny? Humans break free from their biological “duties” on a regular basis, and non-meat diets are one of the ways we do that. There’s something many vegetarians don’t realize, though. By avoiding meat and dairy, you’re going to be sorely deficient in several nutrients like protein, calcium, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids (which are found largely in dead animals and less so in veggies). Keep your vitamins in mind if you abstain from eating flesh.
Dieting in general. By no means are diets a bad thing-they’re great if you need to drop a couple pounds or a couple hundred. Here’s the thing, though; sometimes, people will diet improperly because they’re stupid. Did you know that if you don’t get enough calories each day, you’ll lose fewer pounds? The whole “starvation mode” thing is heavily debated; for the lay people, this refers to the human body supposedly ceasing to lose weight from eating too little. This makes no sense because if it existed, no one would ever starve to death. However, eating too few calories will slow down your metabolism, making it harder to lose weight.
Take it slow if you go from zero to aerobics, as it’s very possible to over-exert yourself and end up with an injury. It’s not going to feel too good if you give yourself an aortic dissection because you did too many jumping jacks.
Artificial sweeteners. It’s widely touted that you can be on a diet and still enjoy junk food with aspartame, Splenda, Truvia, or any other fake sugars on the market. Opinions on the healthiness of artificial sweeteners vary-some say they’re totally safe, and some say they’re carcinogenic. Here’s a little story: when you eat fake sugar, your body thinks you’re eating real sugar because of the sweet taste. And from sugar, energy is derived. So your body goes looking for this energy that’s not there, and as a result, you get tired because you’re tricking your body. Don’t consume too much of this stuff because you may find yourself more fatigued (and less likely to exercise).