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8 big fat diet lies

Feb 19th 2014 at 10:42 PM

Dieting is a billion-dollar industry, and one that succeeds on the failure of its consumers, so it's no wonder there are tons of bogus theories on what really works when it comes to weight loss.

To help separate fact from fiction, we spoke to Susan Fyshe, a nutritionist and dietitian and owner of Healthy Lifestyle Nutrition Consulting. Below, she dispels some of the longest-standing dieting myths for good.

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1. Carbohydrates make you fat
Though we do eat a lot of the processed, high-glycemic index carbs like those in cookies, cakes or waffles, there are plenty of good, healthy carbs that deserve to stay on our safe list – fresh fruits and whole grains, for instance, are a great source of fiber and vitamins.

And while many people have weight-loss success by limiting their carb intake, they aren't necessarily taking an overall healthy approach to personal nutrition. "A lot of people on carb-free diets simply take the carbohydrates out and eat anything else they want," explains Fyshe. "They don't balance it out with lots of vegetables and eat a lot of unhealthy fats."

2. Skipping meals will help you lose weight
"Intuitively we want to do it because we think eating less will get us to our goals faster," says Fyshe.

"But in the end, you always eat more because it makes you hungrier – it plays with your blood sugar and it negatively impacts your metabolism." Case in point: studies show that people who regularly skip breakfast will consume more calories later in the day, and often the less-nutritious kind.


Page 1 of 2 – Think that the salads you eat are a healthy choice? Discover why you could be wrong on page 2.

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