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Three Myths That Might Be Sabotaging Your Diet

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I gave up on New Year’s Resolutions a long time ago.  I was so tired of the same cycle: I’d psych myself out thinking I could take on a major life improvement only to drown my sorrows of failure in a pint of ice cream.

If you’re one of those poor souls having trouble keeping that New Year’s resolution to drop the pounds, please know that you’re not alone.  A lot of people have gotten frustrated and given up (said while raising my hand).  If you’re not ready to give up, kudos to you!

I do want to let you know though that there might be some misinformation that could be ruining your chances of success. The diet gurus at Eating Well magazine discovered three myths that might be sabotaging your hard work.


It Doesn’t Matter What Time You Eat Dinner



New research found that mice who ate an early dinner then went on a 16-hour fast are slimmer than mice who consumed the same amount of calories around the clock. Researchers suspect the long time between meals allows the body to process food differently. If that’s not enough, people who chow down late at night tend to eat more and have increased triglyceride levels, which can increase your chance of suffering a heart attack or stroke.



A Calorie is Just a Calorie



Pediatric oncologist Dr. Robert Lustig says certain calories are “higher quality” and low-sugar, high-fiber foods cause less blood sugar peaks, less insulin release and less weight gain.



Eating Multiple, Small Meals Each Day is best for Weight Loss



The theory that eating through the day to curb your appetite is great if you love to eat, but not backed up by a lot of research. A new study shows that dieters who followed a low-calorie diet had the same amount of appetite and hunger whether they had a solid breakfast, lunch and dinner or six mini meals.


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