Everyone makes resolutions at the start of the new year, but keeping these resolutions past the first month can be tough. Instead, let’s look at things we should stop doing in 2016 that could improve our life!
1) Maintaining a gluten-free diet
Only about 1% of the population has celiac disease, a disease in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting food.
For the rest of us, a lecturer from Yale University says, the gluten-free choice is neither healthier nor cheaper.
2) Doing sit-ups
Many in the world of fitness say that sit-ups can put you in risk for back injuries. The repetitive motion can put force on spinal discs and consequently, nerves according to a professor of spine biomechanics.
Fitness experts instead recommend trying crunches, modified sit-ups using exercise balls or — even better — the plank pose.
3) Drinking diet soda
Turning to Diet Soda for help losing weight? It may be time to think again. A study found the amount of diet soda consumed by study participants was closely associated with escalating stomach fat over time. It’s part of a growing body of evidence that drinks previously viewed as guilt-free may have negative consequences after all.
Scientists still aren’t sure exactly why low-calorie drinks may result in weight gain, but the study’s senior author told that the results are especially acute for those who are already overweight.
4) Reducing coffee consumption
The caffeinated beverage could protect you against certain skin cancers — and the more you drink, the better, a study earlier this year found. Coffee addicts may experience the greatest protection, since participants who drank four cups a day or more had a 20% lower risk of malignant melanoma.
Don’t run to Starbucks or Tim Horton's just yet, though. Researchers caution that the results are only preliminary. But combined with reports that coffee may help with risks of liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and more, it may be enough for a java justification, if you need one.
5) Buying pricey vitamins
Nearly half of North American adults take a dietary supplement but most healthy adults don’t really need it. A balanced diet and regular exercise are better alternatives and are all one needs. Consult with your doctor before taking any vitamins.
6) Going to your dry cleaners
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Everyone can use a little bit of extra time to enjoy life.