5 Diet “Rules”: What’s True, What’s False

Diet facts to help you stay on track and start losing pounds

Carbohydrates make you gain weight, and eating at night is a no-no. Right? Wrong. These common weight-loss myths could be undermining your diet success. Read on for the truth about losing weight. 


The Myth: Diets don’t work. 

The Truth: Diets work if you follow them. The trouble is, it’s almost impossible to stick with super low-calorie diets, or those that that forbid certain foods or limit you to only a few choices. So choose a healthy weight-loss plan that provides balanced nutrition, fits your lifestyle and has you losing weight at the safe, sustainable rate of no more than two pounds a week. The Slim-Fast® 3-2-1 Plan™ website can help; click here for sample balanced meals and recipes


The Myth: Carbs make you fat.

The Truth: Calories are calories. You gain weight when you eat more of them than you need, no matter where they come from. But there are better and worse carbohydrates. Soda, candy, white bread and cake are examples of simple carbohydrates that should be eaten in moderation, if at all. Fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and whole grains, such as brown rice, are healthy complex carbohydrates, packed with nutrients and fiber. Try a cup of 100% whole-grain pasta (about 200 calories) topped with ½ cup of Bertolli® Organic Olive Oil, Basil & Garlic Sauce (80 calories) for a simple, delicious meal. (For an easy explanation of calories, click here.  )


The Myth: Skipping breakfast saves calories.

The Truth: Studies have shown that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers. A healthy breakfast helps to kick-start your metabolism and to prevent overeating later in the day. Try a little lean protein, such as an egg or egg white, a slice of 100% whole-wheat toast with a half-tablespoon of Country Crock® Light buttery spread and a piece of fresh fruit.  


The Myth: Snacking wrecks your diet. 

The Truth: Snacking itself isn’t the problem; it’s what you choose to snack on (and how much of it you eat) that can cause trouble. Smart snacking can help you stick to your healthy-eating plan by curbing your appetite between meals. But be sure to count snacks as part of your total daily calories, and stick to foods such as nuts, low-fat yogurt, fruit, or fresh veggies with Wish-Bone® Salad Dressing.


The Myth: Eating at night causes weight gain.

The Truth: As long as you don’t exceed your calorie allowance for the day, it’s fine to have an after-hours snack. Again, what matters is how many calories you eat, not when you eat them. For a satisfying snack that’s only 50 calories, try Lipton® Cup-a-Soup Chicken Noodle With White Meat.   

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