Are you ready to get past those weight loss and medical advice tips you’ve been hearing about for many years? Have you been avoiding eggs, or avoiding the kitchen after dark? Maybe you are stressed over how much sleep you are getting every night? Did you know, there may be no reason to worry over these things?
A contributing medical editor at Health Magazine, Dr. Roshini Raj has brought five health rules to the table, that you can start breaking. Keep reading to find out what they are!
1. Gaining weight from eating at night
The fact that you gain weight or lose weight is based on calorie intake and what you eat, not when you decide is a convenient time for you to eat. Also, the amount of calories burned factors in. Raj stated “One of the caveats of this is that we often snack on foods that are unhealthy through the night, when 11 PM comes around, I have never craved a carrot. If you are one of the people that do this, then it may be a good idea to a lot yourself a cutoff such as ‘nothing after 9pm.”
2. Improve heart health with 30 minutes exercises/ 5 days a week
Raj stated that new research has indicated that workouts that are high intensity can provide the same cardiovascular benefits in a shorter period of time, even if the workout is only a few minutes when compared to longer routines.
She added, “For those of us who are busy, this is very good news because it can be challenging to find an extra 30 minutes each day.”
Some examples of workout routines that are high intensity include jumping jacks, or fast sprinting.
However, while the shorter and higher intensity workouts can benefit heart health, it is still important that you follow the old rule to help lose weight. The longer your workout routine, the better says Raj.
3. You should always get 7 to 8 hours of sleep
Although a full night of sleep is still recommended by Raj, research has shown you can skip the rule for a couple nights, then catch up.
Raj stated, “I am not saying oversleep the following day. Instead, go to bed earlier for a couple nights, and wake up at your regular time.”
However, this little rule bend goes for occasional lack of sleep, regaining a massive amount of sleep loss is very hard. Taking naps throughout the day is okay, but avoid napping longer than 30 minutes as it could affect your usual sleep cycle, said Raj.
4. Limit the intake of eggs if you have high cholesterol
Raj said, “For decades, eggs have been vilified due to cholesterol.”
With new research, there are various types of LDL cholesterol that are considered ‘bad’, and eggs are showing sign of increasing the LDL cholesterol type which may not harm you. Additionally, eggs are great sources for vitamins and proteins, including D and B12, which help with the heart.
Raj added, “Overall, eggs are not that bad. For the majority of healthy population, having an egg a day isn’t an issue.”
5. Avoid reading with dim lighting
Are you starting to squint more at the e-reader or book as days are getting shorter? The feeling may not be nice, but experts are starting to say poor lighting is not going to cause any permanent damage to eyesight, or cause you to become nearsighted. However, you should take a break periodically to avoid eye strain discomfort, which should go away in a day or so.