Health Myths Busted

Does eating after 9pm cause you to gain weight? Can you actually repay your sleep debt? In the name of truth, we’ve investigated to debunk some common health beliefs!


1. “Calories eaten at night are more fattening than those eaten in the day”

We’ve all heard this before but the truth is, it has nothing to do with what time you eat but more of what you eat. As John Foreyt, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston puts it “Calories are calories are calories, and it doesn’t matter what time you eat them. What matters are the total calories you take in.” Having said that, the concerns about eating late at night is not totally unfounded. Delaying your meal till late night can lead to consumption of larger portion sizes and a craving for fast food as compared to boiled fish and vegetables. Additionally, a lot of eating at night consists of mindless snacking on fried, oily or sugary snacks while studying or watching TV, which may result in the consumption of excess calories. Constantly craving for food and concerned about your weight? Try LAC LeanCut fx7 , a great tasting weight loss drink to help rev up metabolism, burn fats and control appetite.

2.“Greens help to relieve constipation”

Is ‘Eat your greens!’ often the response you hear when someone says that they are constipated? Or maybe you would respond the same way yourself. It is important to consume foods that are rich in fibre as they promote bowel movements, but do you know that too much fibre and not enough water would also be the cause of constipation? Fluid is required to help move things along the digestive tract and not enough of it will lead to constipation. Constipation can also be caused by not going to the toilet when needed, changes in your meal routine due to travel or ageing. Maybe ask the person who is constipated the next time if he/ she is eating enough greens, you won’t want to get them to be eating more if that is the cause of their constipation ;) Can’t stand the taste of greens? Try LAC Total Cleanse , an all-in-one product for cleansing and detoxification.

3. “You can ‘catch up’ on missed sleep over the weekend”

Believing that it’s ok to deny your body the sleep it needs in the week and then repay the sleep debt over the weekend is a popular but mistaken belief. Research has shown that the reaction times, attention span, and fatigue levels of participants who slept 4 hours for 5 days did not return to normal even after 10 hours of sleep, concluding that a single sleep in over the weekend might not make up for the lack of sleep during the week. The good news is that sleep debts, like all debts, can be repaid, but not in one extended snooze marathon. Not getting restful sleep? Check out these tips to help you achieve peaceful slumber or try GNC Trisleep , our newest triple-layer sleep technology that helps you relax, go to sleep naturally and achieve deep calm sleep.

4. “Replace white rice with brown rice to lose weight”

When you're trying to lose weight, the results you get are determined by calories in vs. calories out. A cup of cooked brown rice contains 216 calories which is only slightly lower in calories than white rice, with 242 calories per cup. So if you are thinking of switching to whole grains solely for the purpose of losing weight, think again. The truth is, while the amount of sugar will be released slower, the amount of calories that you are taking in is about the same. For a true weight loss option, you might want to try Xndo Zero Rice , with 79% lesser carbohydrates, 8 times more soluble fibre and low GI, or Xndo Zero Noodle , with zero carb, zero calorie and negligible GI.

5. “Only people who drink alcohol will cause harm to their liver” <

Don’t judge by appearances. The urban lifestyle, with its high fat diet of fast food and processed food, environmental pollution, late nights of work and partying, coupled with the stresses of everyday life, can cause your liver to overwork. An overworked liver can also cause you to have insomnia which becomes a viscous cycle that further stresses the liver. Protect your liver with LAC Activated Liver Protector that help support healthy blood lipid levels and maintain functions of liver.

6. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”

Are apples really as effective as what the common saying have us believe? Disappointingly, studies conclude that an apple a day may not be enough to keep the doctor away, but there is definitely no harm enjoying one a day though. Apples are rich in important antioxidants and are a great source of fibre and vitamin C. If you are looking to increase your immunity, go for our LAC MASQUELIER’s French Pine Bark Extract which is proven to be significantly 50x more powerful than vitamin E and 20x more powerful than vitamin C as an antioxidant. Maybe a LAC MASQUELIER’s French Pine Bark Extract a day can really keep the doctor away?




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