Popular Trends That Can Be Harmful To Your Health

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Trends can be really fun, especially because it can give you a common connection with other people. But before becoming a “part of the trend”, make sure that trend is worth being a part of. Some trends can be really harmful to your health.

Before jumping on the bandwagon, make sure the trend isn’t going to cause more harm than good. We’ve even got some research started for you on some interesting trends that probably aren’t worth the risk.

Fat-Free Anything

It used to be the belief that high-fat foods were really bad for your health, and so the fat-free and low-fat food trend began. But studies have found these fat-free items are actually worse for you than their fat-containing counterparts. Food items that are fat-free are typically loaded with more sugars and artificial flavors to counteract the fat that was removed from them.

We actually need a healthy amount of fat in our diets. Healthy fats, like omega-3’s and omega-6’s found in avocados and fish, are necessary for healthy skin, nails, and hair.

Teeth Jewels

Since the emergence of grills, especially in the rap world, a more recent trend that has started is gluing a jewel to your teeth. Typically, those who do this get a teeth-friendly glue from their dentist. But is it worth it?

Even with teeth-friendly glue, this jewel can be a harbor for decay-causing bacteria as food gets stuck to it. Some metals can even cause allergic reactions. If you want pretty teeth, talk to your dentist about cosmetic dentistry options instead.

Cutting Too Many Calories

Cutting calories can be necessary for losing a healthy amount of weight, but when does it become too much? Many people are fasting and eating way less calories than their body requires for its daily functions, which can result in fatigue, nutrient deficiencies, depression, increased stress, bingeing, and eventual weight gain.

The idea is to lessen the amount of calories that you take in, but not cut them out all together. That can throw the body into starvation mode that only slows down your metabolism.

When cutting calories, if you’re concerned that you might be cutting too much, here’s a good rule of thumb: eat when you’re hungry. Don’t let yourself get to the point where you feel sick or moody due to hunger. Just don’t overdo it either. Only eat until you are satisfied, not until you’re super full.

Waist Trainers

Waist trainers, while they can offer tempting results, can also be really harmful to your health. They can cause pain, decreased lung capacity, decreased core strength, and restriction of movement while wearing them. Breathing and moving are both pretty important, so if you want a tiny waist, sticking to some good diet and exercise regimes might be your best bet.

Skinny Jeans

Skinny jean can have some similar effects that waist trainers have. They are restrictive and can restrict essential blood flow, especially in men. Other side effects associated with wearing skinny jeans that are too tight include abdominal discomfort, heartburn, belching, and other digestive problems.

Pants that hold close to your skin aren’t usually a problem, but if you have a hard time moving or experience any of the above-mentioned discomforts, it might be time to go up a size.

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