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7 Biggest Diet Myths (Slideshow)

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7 Biggest Diet Myths (Slideshow)


When it comes to dieting, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Is low-carb the way to go? Should I only eat during certain hours? Should I cut out this or that? Sometimes it seems like there are 5 right answers for every question. Well, wonder no more. Click through to find out the truth behind some of the most popular myths.

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1. Low-Carb Diets Are the Best Way to Lose Weight.

Sure, if you cut out carbs from your diet you’ll probably see some dramatic weight loss in a very short time period. But it’s not sustainable, and it’s not really all that healthy. Carbohydrates are an essential part of your diet, and once you go off that diet, you’re likely to gain most of the weight back. Instead, try eating better carbs, like whole grains, nuts, seeds, and fruits and veggies. Learn more about good vs. bad carbs here.

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2. Some Foods Are So Low in Calories, You Lose Weight When You Eat Them!

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: eating celery, cabbage, citrus fruits and other low-calorie fruits and veggies will actually burn calories. Unfortunately, that’s not true at all — these foods are very low in caloric content, but the calories you burn from actually chewing and digesting them are not even close to making up for the caloric content of the food.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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11:21PM PST on Feb 24, 2015

I gotta wonder who keeps changing the RULES!

9:42AM PDT on May 1, 2013


9:45AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Thank you, sharing.

5:19AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

thank you

1:16AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

So many myths, a minefield to wade through.

5:42PM PST on Jan 13, 2013


7:36PM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Great advice!

6:36PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

awesome (y)

2:42PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

great info!

6:39AM PST on Jan 11, 2013


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They are popular here in London. I like them but they are pretty expensive. "Ordinary" fruit and veg…

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Good information. I go to the one in my area. Thanks


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