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Diet Myths-Debunked

Posted in food with tags , on January 31, 2008 by erin

I am a sucker for any article/information regarding Nutrition. It’s what I majored in in college, it’s one of my passions. And although I haven’t used my schooling (much to my disappointment and not for lack of trying) in the “real world” I devour any information I can get my hands on. I happened upon a great article about popular diet myths and why they are in fact myths. Now it’s been a long time since college and I have found I get wrapped up in the whirlwind of “fad diet myths” but as I was reading this article it was like I was back in nutrition class sitting in the second row (it was a small class-there were only two rows so I’m not a brown noser!) looking at the overhead (an overhead projector-do you remember those things?-geeze I’m old). So anyway, I’m sitting there once again in my running outfit with my timbuk2 commuter bag and my Starbucks travel mug filled to the brim with delicious black coffee and learning all about nutrition. Ahh, the memories.

Reading this article reinforced what I learned so long ago and made me realize again why I love nutrition so. The article I found is in the February issue of Real Simple and the diets myths are these:

  1. Don’t eat afer 8pm
  2. Eating small, frequent meals boosts your metabolism
  3. Pasta makes you fat
  4. Coffee can help you lose weight
  5. Milk can help you lose weight
  6. Going on a diet is the best way to lose weight
  7. Eating protein and carbs at different meals will help you lose weight
  8. To lose weight, you need to cut calories drastically
  9. Diet foods help you diet
  10. Eating makes you fat.

Maybe you already knew this, maybe not. If you don’t already have this copy of Real Simple and are dying to know why these are myths leave me a comment and I will get back to you, or you can pick up your very own copy for $4.00 or something at just about any store. I feel healthier just reading this and it’s reiterates my motto “everything in moderation”. Except maybe chocolate. 🙂
Happy Eating!