Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Women's Health

Font Size
A
A
A

5 Health Habits It's Okay To Skip

3. Popping a daily multivitamin.

If you already have a healthy diet, pat yourself on the back and save your money by skipping multivitamins. There's no evidence to show that they help (or hurt) us, according to the National Institutes of Health. And if you aren't eating right, experts say it's a mistake to rely on vitamins to fill the major nutritional gaps, because they don't provide the vast benefits you get from whole foods, which contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, and much more. Already in the habit? It's fine to finish up that bottle of vitamins, but there's no reason to buy another.

4. Staying indoors when it's cold outside.

Going out in the cold won't actually give you a cold -- unless you're camping out in a blizzard for days at a time. (Ditto for going outside with wet hair.) "This is an old wives' tale that probably originated because we do tend to get more colds during the winter months," says Katz. "But the problem is the air inside, which becomes more germ-laden when we aren't opening windows and letting fresh air in." One caveat: If you're cold enough to be shivering, go in and warm up. Shivering is a sign that your body is stressed because your core temperature has dropped, which can make you more vulnerable to viruses.

5. Never eating after 7 p.m.

We've all got that friend who shed pounds just by cutting out her after-dinner snacking and now swears by the 7 p.m. rule. But "it's a myth that your metabolism slows down at night," says Tara Gidus, R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. The real secret to your friend's weight loss was ditching the pint of ice cream she used to dive into on top of a full day's worth of calories. Gidus suggests eating a 100- to 150-calorie snack, such as an apple or a handful of almonds, to keep your blood sugar stable overnight. Which means you might not wake up very hungry -- so go ahead and skip breakfast. Just don't tell Mom.

Originally published on October 11, 2008

 

Related content on redbookmag.com

 

1 | 2

Today on WebMD

woman looking in mirror
Article
Woman resting on fitness ball
Evaluator
 
woman collapsed over laundry
Quiz
Public restroom door sign
Slideshow
 
Couple with troubles
Article
cat on couch
Evaluator
 
Young woman being vaccinated
Slideshow
woman holding hand to ear
Slideshow
 
Blood pressure check
Slideshow
mother and daughter talking
Evaluator
 
intimate couple
Article
puppy eating
Slideshow