Healthy Habits or Playing with Fire?

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Have you ever met someone who is in great shape or just radiates a healthy glow and asked what they did to get that way? You may have received a surprising answer and even experimented with it as well. Below are some health habits I've come across that may or may not work in terms of living longer, looking younger, and even losing weight. Some of these habits are highly questionable. You be the judge:

Waking Early

I'm not an early riser but many health-conscience individuals wake very early each morning. It has been said that working out in the morning is more beneficial in terms of fat burning. However, some may argue that waking early has no benefits at all. You may actually experience sleep deprivation and actually lose time doing things you enjoy because you're in bed by 8 p.m. in order to get a full eight hours of sleep.

Going Raw

A raw food diet is different than being a vegetarian. This diet is a lifestyle promoting the consumption of uncooked, unprocessed, and often organic foods. There are varying types of raw foodists. Some will consume raw meat (Raw, Paleolithic Diet) consisting raw meats/organ-meats, raw seafood, and raw eggs. [source: raw foodism]

hGH [Human Growth Hormone]

Our bodies produce human growth hormone, mostly while we are asleep. Why would anyone want to supplement it? It has been said that hGH may increase muscle mass and reduce body fat in older adults. Synthetic human growth hormone is available only by prescription and must be injected. It is used for adults who are truly deficient in hGH. You may recall the story that broke when actor, Sylvester Stallone admitted to injecting hGH. He claimed that hGH increased the quality of life in older individuals. You can stimulate your hGH naturally through sleeping well and exercise.

Eating Once a Day

The article I wrote about eating once a day years ago still remains one of my most popular on this blog. Even Herschel Walker is known to eat one meal a day consisting of soup, salad, and bread. Many people swear by this diet for maintaining a healthy weight, however, I just can't imagine functioning well on one meal a day between exercising and daily activities.

Supplements - Taking Too Many or None at All?

The godfather of fitness Jack LaLanne stated he took 40 - 50 different vitamins every day. I have interviewed fitness professionals on this blog who do not take supplements of any kind and stick to their diet for what they need (read my interview with former Navy Seal, Stew Smith.)

What do you think? Are some healthy habits just unnecessary?


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