Myth: Natural sugars are better for you.

Sugars are sugars to your body.

Natural sugar refers to sugars that occur naturally in foods.  Sugar is found in nature in foods such as fruits.  Although fruit contains the much-vilified fructose that is found in high fructose corn syrup, it is in much lower levels in fruit than a soda.  The problem is not the source of the sugar but the refining.  


Myth: More water equals more weight loss.

Drinking more water will not shed off the pounds.

Many experts, myself included, recommend drinking more weight to help with weight loss.  The belief is that more water will increase calories burned and decrease calorie intake by improving satiety.  There is no doubt in my mind that water is vital for human existence.  It makes up the majority of your body.   The question is whether water is a magical cause of weight loss and will it make the pounds fly off.  


Myth: You will be healthier with less fat in your diet.

Not all fats are bad.

Several years ago, every medical and nutrition expert recommended that we avoid fats in our diet.  Basically, the entire school-age population was taught in health class and on Saturday infomercials that we should eat a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet.  The problem is that this advice does not pass the muster of nutrition science.  


Myth: Nighttime eating makes you fat.

Eating at night will not make you overweight.  

A lot of experts recommend against eating past 6 p.m. at night because they mistakenly believe that it might make you more likely to gain weight.  This type of advice might seem to make sense because we are less active at night, but it is also misleading. Weight gain is more about what and how much you eat and not back when you eat it.  The belief that separates fact from fiction when it comes to late-night eating and weight gain.


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