By Stephen Perrine
When you want to know how to lose weight, sometimes the answer is really simple.
Here at Eat This, Not That!, we spend a lot of time sorting through medical journals, nutritional databases, and the latest health and fitness research. We’ve learned an awful lot about science-y stuff like brown fat cells, alpha-linoleic acid, and something called fibroblast growth factor 21. (It’s a liver hormone. Don’t sweat it.) We also know way too much about what’s inside a chicken nugget.
But our job is to boil it all down into news you can use and, more importantly, remember. And while Twitter may have thrown down the 140-character gauntlet, we’ve decided to go one better: to answer some of your most burning questions about fat-burning in five words or less. So now there’s no need to remember whether you’re rooting for the Firmicutes or the Bacteroidetes (both forms of gut bacteria; it’s the latter that helps promote weight loss). All you need are five little words, and you’re on your way to a littler middle. For some extra explanation in some spots, don’t miss these 10 Genius Tips to Lose 10 Pounds in 2016!
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Q: I’m working out more than ever but still not losing weight. Why not?! A: You’re eating too many calories.
Q: How do I always stop wanting a dessert after lunch and dinner? A: You’ve trained yourself. Untrain yourself.
Q: I hear that fruit has sugar. How much should I eat of it? A: Eat plenty, don’t drink any.
Q: What’s more important? The number of calories you eat or the type of calories you eat? A: Pick quality over quantity.
Q: I go to bed early, but I’m always too exhausted to workout. What should I do? A: Get checked for sleep apnea.
Q: Why does kale taste so gross but everyone raves about it? A: You have to “massage” it.
Q: What’s the deal with celebrities cutting dairy and losing so much weight? A: Lactose can cause bloating.
Q: Should I blot my pizza? A: Yes.
Q: Are veggie chips healthy? A: No.
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Q: Are all fish healthy? A: No. Avoid tilapia, catfish, swordfish.
Q: Are energy bars good for me? A: No. Energy = calories.
Q: Is coffee good for me? A: 1-2 cups, yes. More, no.
Q: True or false: Chocolate is actually healthy? A: Only if it’s 70%+ cacao.
Q: Is wheat bread always better than white? A: No. Only 100% whole wheat.
Q: Soup or salad? A: Vegetable soup
Q: Do I drink too much? A: If you ask, then yes.
Q: Margarine or butter? A: Butter. Better yet, olive oil.
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Q: Is honey better for me than sugar? A: Only slightly.
Q: What about agave? A: It might be worse!
Q: What’s the first thing I should do when I wake up? A: Drink a glass of water.
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Q: What’s the deal with BPA? A: It’s like dosing with estrogen.
Q: What’s the healthiest nut to eat? A: Walnuts.
Q: Should I eat the yolk? A: It’s where the nutrients live.
Q: Pinto, navy, kidney: Are all beans the same? A: Darker beans mean more nutrition.
Q: What’s the key to consuming protein? A: Eat it throughout the day.
Q: What’s the best drink for weight loss? A: Green tea.
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Q: What’s the deal with gluten? A: Only sensitive people get sick.
Q: What’s healthier, chicken or turkey? A: Turkey
Q: What does the word “natural” on a food label really mean? A: Nothing.
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Q: What’s the healthiest fruit out there? A: Guava: protein, fiber, vitamin C
Q: Any tricks to get my kids to eat vegetables? A: Have them exercise first.
Q: What’s the best yogurt to eat? A: Full-fat plain Greek yogurt
Q: What can I add to my smoothies to make them healthier? A: Chia seeds
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Q: When should I buy organic produce? A: When you’re eating the skins
Q: Does diet soda really make you fat? A: Yes, it spikes blood sugar.
Q: What’s the best way to order healthy in a restaurant? A: Order first, before your friends.
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Q: How can I motivate myself to get to the gym? A: Realize that you are awesome.
Q: Is fresh fruit healthier than frozen? A: No. Frozen’s usually better.
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Q: How can I cut down on mindless snacking? A: Ask yourself: Am I hungry?
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Q: How can I eat fewer calories each day? A: Have soup before each meal.
Q: What’s the absolute best source of fiber? A: Wheat bran
Q: What’s the best way to save money in the supermarket? A: Avoid temptation; use self-checkout.
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Q: How can I boost my metabolism? A: Cut booze, burn 73% hotter.
Q: How do I know which oats or oatmeal to eat? A: Just stay away from instant.
Q: What’s the healthiest condiment? A: Mustard
Q: If there’s one supplement I could take, what would it be? A: Vitamin D
Q: What’s the biggest threat to my figure? A: Getting married
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Q: What’s the one food I’m probably not eating, but should? A: Seaweed
Q: What’s the single most important nutrition resolution I can make?
A: Eat less sugar.