Everyone has that apocryphal friend of a friend who lost half her bodyweight by some suspect diet or exercise plan. She only ate pineapples before noon! He cut out all white food! She subsisted for three weeks on jarred baby food! “This is what I call nutrition ‘myth-information.’ There is a lot of bad information out there, especially on the internet,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, CDN, author of Read It Before You Eat It.
MYTH: Snacking is never worth the calories.
MYTH: Carbs make you fat.
MYTH: Always go with “low-fat” or “fat-free” foods.
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MYTH: Eat breakfast like royalty, lunch like a commoner, and dinner like a pauper.
FACT: Sleep habits affect weight loss.
FACT: Diets don’t work.
Maybe in the short run, but not for the long haul. A 2007 UCLA review of 31 diet studies found that at least one-third to two-thirds of people on diets regained more weight than they lost within four or five years. Diets often fail because they don’t look at the whole picture. They just address the food part of the equation without looking at all the other factors that go into weight gain: exercise, stress, past trauma, sleep. Myths and Facts About Weight-Loss.