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Diet Myths: Separating Fact From Fiction

CNN -- When it comes to diet and weight loss, there is a lot of information out there. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics registered dietitian Marisa Moore takes a look at popular diet myths and separates fact from fiction.
CNN -- When it comes to diet and weight loss, there is a lot of information out there. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics registered dietitian Marisa Moore takes a look at popular diet myths and separates fact from fiction.



For any weight loss journey, there are a few rules of the road.

Moore says it’s important to know the difference between good directions and those that are not. Here are some questions clients often ask Moore:

First, do carbs make you fat? That depends on how much you eat.

The truth is if you overeat on carbohydrate, protein or fat you can gain weight.

“Limit your pasta to no more than about a half a cup to a cup at a time and focus on whole grain options,” says Moore.

So, what about fat itself? Does fat make you fat?

Well, not all fats are created equal. Some sources of good, or healthy, fats include nuts, avocados, olive oil and peanut oil.

“Having a modest amount of fat in the diet can actually help you to feel full a little faster, so you eat less,” says Moore.

But eating saturated fat such as you find in some desserts, fried food or fatty meats can lead to weight gain, so try to limit these.

Finally- can I maintain my weight loss without working out?

“It's a myth that you can keep the weight off without exercise,” says Moore. “Exercise is an essential part of weight management and living a healthy life.”

So lace up and get moving! Happy travels!



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