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8 Top Diet Myths Debunked

Discover the Truth Behind Common Myths

-- By Megan Patrick, Staff Writer
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When it comes to dieting, there are more myths and old wives' tales than there are verifiable facts. Here we collect all our best resources for debunking top diet myths so you can stop falling for fads and learn how to use a healthy eating plan to reach your ideal weight.

Myth #1: You must give up carbs to lose weight.

The Truth about Carbohydrates: Should you avoid them? Should you only eat certain ones? We explain everything you need to know about carbs.

Myth #2: Corn syrup is the leading cause of obesity.
The Truth about High Fructose Corn Syrup: Our registered dietitian dispels the myths about this common sweetener once and for all.

Myth #3: Detox and "cleansing" diets will boost your weight loss.

Detox Diets: Helpful or Full of Hype: Do you need to "detox" your body and can this practice be part of a healthy diet? Get the real truth here.

Myth #4: Chocolate has no place in a healthy diet.

7 Myths and Facts about Chocolate
: Learn how chocolate can actually be a part of a healthy diet.

Myth #5: Follow your mom's, neighbor's, friend's or co-worker's diet tricks for the best results!

6 Diet Rules Meant to Be Broken:
Don't eat after 7 p.m.? Always eat fat-free foods? Skip meals? Give up all of your favorite "trigger" foods? We bust these myths and more! Learn which "rules" you should start breaking now for better results.

Myths #6: Focus on "good" foods and avoid all the "bad" ones.

15 Simple Truths About Food: We tackle old wives' tales about specific types of food and set them straight.

Myth #7: Certain supplements can help you drop the pounds safely and easily!

Do Raspberry Ketones Really Help You Lost Weight
? Our expert weighs in on this controversial supplement that's been getting a lot of attention.

Weight Loss Supplements: Fact or Fiction? We've got the proof that diet pills really don't work.

Myth #8: One "cheat" day won't hurt your weight-loss efforts.
Can You Cheat on Your Diet and Still Lose Weight? Learn why "cheating" might be the wrong way to think about incorporating your favorite foods into a healthy eating plan.

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About The Author

Megan Patrick Megan Patrick
Megan Lane Patrick has been a professional writer and editor for the past 16 years, and was a chronic dieter for at least 30. A combination of weight-loss surgery, mindful eating and daily exercise finally allowed her to maintain a weight loss of more than 100 pounds. When she's not lifting weights at the gym, you can find her walking shelter dogs as a volunteer for the SPCA.

Member Comments

    Thanks for busting so much of the "eater's paranoia" and other mythological food-lore which the gullible so readily accept as gospel! It's refreshing to see the nonsense kicked to the curb :) - 3/25/2014 9:00:45 PM
  • PHILL91
    HFCS is shown to cause severe spikes in blood sugar, and corn is now, not the corn of our ancestors. This wreaks havoc on our bodies. It is also used as a preservative. It takes chemicals to make corn sweet. Sugar is naturally sweet. I'm not saying sugar is in any way good for you, but it isn't as bad for you as HFCS. - 3/25/2014 6:00:18 PM
    great info! - 12/17/2013 5:57:57 PM
  • Good info. Thanks. - 10/29/2013 6:57:52 AM
  • Great article. - 10/27/2013 12:15:41 PM