The ‘know-it-alls’ in life have had a field day propounding theories and facts from thin air and unfortunately, most of us are taught to believe them throughout the course of our lives, be it at home, at the office or even from ‘brainiac’ friends.
You guys may have already figured out that the tooth fairy isn’t real or that there’s no pot at the end of the rainbow but here’s 7 lies we all believe to be true.
7 lies we all believe to be true
1. The five second rule.
Young bacteria : Dude, he dropped the pizza, its literally on top of us, let’s go.
Old sage-looking bacteria : Patience young one, the time is not yet upon us.
This is a lie everyone believes and apparently that’s how ‘experts’ think it works but it actually depends on the type of food and the surface it lands on.
Bacteria is transmitted almost instantly between surfaces and it only makes sense that the moist surface of a pizza falling on a rug would contact more bacteria than a potato chip landing on your marbled floor.
The only reason you’re not getting sick is because of your super immune system, and probably not your ‘kid-danger’ reflexes.
2. Shaving causes regrowth of thicker and blacker hair.
Another lie everyone believes in is that very frequent shaving helps with beard grooming.
From my experience shaving the one strand of hair on my chin, I can debunk this one.
According to the words of Robert Dorin a hair care specialist in New York, shaving your hair near the roots allows you to see a larger portion of the shaft’s diameter when it regrows, giving it a temporary lush and dark look.
The truth is actually the opposite as shaving more than necessary might lead to some micro-damage to the hair cells that may lead to thinner hair regrowth.
3. Never wake a person who’s sleepwalking.
‘Don’t wake her! She’s sleepwalking’
Well I was especially disappointed to find out that this was a lie as well. It’s nothing more than a lie everyone believes to be true because of movies.
According to the sleep advisor at Men’s Health, Dr Christopher Winter, there is no serious health condition that could arise from waking up a nighttime wanderer nor is there any account of such an occurrence.
Seeing as sleepwalkers are not aware of their actions, waking them might even save them from harm or injury.
If waking them proves difficult (as it sometimes does), you can lead them back to bed.
4. You only use 10 percent of your brain.
This was probably a myth us humans came up with to excuse our laziness.
We all love to think we have untapped potential and that our bounds would be limitless if we tapped into it but brain scans show that nearly our entire brain is functional all the time and there is no large mass of dark neurons waiting to spark to life once activated as that archaic myth would suggest.
You can definitely increase your cognitive skills with much mental training and discipline but if you can’t do that, at least don’t make your brain feel bad.
5. You can target specific areas of your body to exercise.
Dave :My arms are kinda okay buh my stomach needs work. I know, I’ll just do a thousand sit-ups every day and I’ll be good.
Sorry Dave but it just doesn’t work that way.
You may be burning calories but it’s not gonna burn the fat from your stomach.
This is because the body stores fat in a unique way and your best bet at losing fat from your stomach is losing weight in general. There are no short cuts.
6. I can exercise my way out of weight loss.
This one is more like a lie we tell ourselves.
Most people believe that by increasing the length or frequency or intensity of their workouts, they can avoid changing their diet in an effort to kickstart their weight loss.
This can’t be farther from the truth as it has been proven that in reducing calories (which is the only proven strategy for sustainable weight loss), reducing intake of food with high calories content is much more effective than physical exercise.
The latter might even lead to fatigue and injury.
7. I can lose weight by not eating.
There is a common misconception among the weight loss community that by restricting the intake of calories, one can speed up his/her weight loss. While this is not entirely false, they often go to the extent of nearly starving in order to lose weight. Calorie reduction to this extent is not only very harmful to your body in that it deprives your body of the calories it needs to function properly, but it may also cause lasting damage to the calorie-burning mechanisms in the body, making it difficult to lose weight in the future.
Just stick to eating at or above your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate – the minimum amount of calories needed for normal body functioning) and you’ll be just fine as doctors describe losing around 500 calories a day as a steady and sustainable weight loss program.
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