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Health & fitness myths DEBUNKED

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Myth: Eating at night makes you fat.

FACT: If your overall calories are appropriate for weight loss or maintenance, it may benefit you to eat something after dinner. Late-night calories will ultimately get used the next day (and even while you sleep). To keep your energy levels up, it is better to spread your calories out during the day when your body needs fuel. Aim to eat something every two or three hours. If you do need a late-night snack, consider keeping it to 200 calories or less

Myth: Hunger is always a sign that you need food.

FACT: The body will send cues of hunger when it is dehydrated, sleep deprived, or sensing psychological hunger. If you're not hydrating enough or getting enough sleep, this alone can cause you to sense hunger, even though you're full.

Myth: Exercise makes you tired.

FACT: As you get in better shape, most people feel exercising gives them more energy than before you did! Regular exercise can also help fight fatigue, improve your sleep, and manage your stress.

Myth: Working out takes at least an hour to be effective.

FACT: Most research now points in the direction of efficient, more intense short workouts.

Myth: If I want to lose weight on my abs, I train my abs.

FACT: The type of exercise you do does not affect the number of fat cells in a specific area.  When the body loses fat, it does so in a systemic fashion—all over the body at the same time. Aside from surgical procedures such as liposuction, there is no way to direct or influence the elimination of fat from specific areas.

Myth: A juice cleanse helps your body detoxify and resets your metabolism.

FACT: Our bodies are extremely smart and have built-in processes for detoxing every day. Weight loss during a cleanse is most likely a result of taking in far fewer calories than usual. While filling up on fruits and vegetables is a positive thing, the problem with juice cleanses is that they are a temporary fix. They don't teach you the balanced nutrition habits you should be forming in order to lose weight and keep it off for good, and can negatively affect your metabolism.

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