10 New Weight Loss and Diet Myths and Facts
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Not mustard, not grapefruit, not green tea, not celery. No food is going to do the work for you. While there are foods that might temporarily speed up your metabolism, it won't be in any sustained way that will impact weight loss. Simpson points out that "much of the data to support these claims stem from nutraceutical research or studies [where] people ingested very large quantities of the particular food or natural health supplements for an extended period of time." And don't try replicating those studies at home. Simpson warns that consuming large quantities of certain foods may offset the body's balance to digest, absorb or neutralize byproducts or toxins in the body. "For example, even though grapefruit has some benefits, it may also affect the way the body absorbs, processes and eliminates certain prescription drugs."
Capitalize on the facts: Stop looking for an easy, miracle solution as tempting as it may be. You know the secret to healthy, maintainable weight loss is to exercise and eat a sensible diet. And that can include the occasional broken cookie …