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11 Dieting Truths You May Not Want to Hear

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11 Dieting Truths You May Not Want to Hear

By Brie Cadman, DivineCaroline

In today’s non-stop media environment, there’s certainly no dearth of tips, advice, and gimmicks for weight loss. Advertisements tell you how to “Lose thirty pounds in thirty days!” TV infomercials claim that you can “Eat what you want and still lose weight!” And magazine headlines claim it’s easy to “Lose one jean size every seven days!”

But anyone who’s tried to lose five, ten, or one hundred pounds can tell you it’s simply not that easy. There’s no magic pill, it doesn’t (usually) happen super fast, and judging from the myriad plans out there, there is no one diet that works for everyone.

Looking past the outrageous claims, there are a few hard truths the diet/food industry isn’t going to tell you, but might just help you take a more realistic approach to sustained weight loss.

1. New nutrition news is often old.
Recently, I read this headline from a news report about a new study: “Fruit Is Even Better for You Than Previously Thought.” I find these kinds of studies somewhat silly—do we really need another reason to eat fruit? Or for that matter, is the nutrition advice from your grandmother or great-grandmother’s generation all that different from what it is today? Chances are they would’ve advised something along the lines of—eat your fruits and vegetables. Point being is that ebbing with trends and tides of “new” research often doesn’t make long-term sense. When fat was labeled as bad, people eschewed even the good stuff from their diets; when carbs went out of style, people took nutritious foods out with the bad. While new research certainly lends insights into what we should eat, common sense often prevails. When in doubt, eat what you know to be healthful foods—unprocessed, unpackaged, and natural.

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10:20AM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

Great article,Thanks for sharing

11:29AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

thank you (:

8:07AM PDT on May 25, 2013

Thank you.

9:56PM PDT on May 22, 2013

Thanks

10:08AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

thanks for sharing

1:02AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

wow interesting thanks

3:07AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

well written article, i like how the various areas are dissected properly.

8:09AM PDT on May 4, 2011

NO matter what they say I will still reduce my carbo consumption.

6:55PM PST on Jan 15, 2011

Great article!

7:41PM PDT on Sep 15, 2010

Number 10 is my favorite. According to my height and numerous different BMI calculaters (as well as my doctor) I'm supposed to weigh no more than 100 pounds. I'm not going to weigh the same thing I did when I was 10, regardless of the fact that I haven't grown more than an inch. I'm focusing on how I feel, not how the scale feels. Thats the easiest way to convince me that, no, I do NOT need those chips, and yes, I really do need to go for that walk.

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