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Nutrition Quiz: Myths About Dieting

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I started a quiz in yesterday's post and I know you could barely sleep last night, anxious for the answers, right?

  1. True or False: Calories eaten at night are more fattening. FALSE. It doesn't matter what time of the day that you overeat, your body will just store the excess. The problem with eating at night is that most people eat foods that are high in calories and their portions are too big. I recommend having a small 100-150 calorie snack an hour before bed.
  2. True or False: Eating an extra 100 calories per day can cause a 10 pound weight gain in a year. TRUE. Do the math: If you eat 100 calories more every day that is 36,500 calories over 365 days. Divide that by 3,500 calories (to equal a pound of fat) and you will get 10.4 pounds. That is how easily weight comes on. Depressed? The opposite is also true: Cut out 100 calories each day and you may lose 10 pounds this year!
  3. True or False: Olive oil has fewer calories than butter or margarine. FALSE. A Tablespoon of olive oil has 120 calories and butter and margarine have 100 calories in one Tablespoon. Olive oil is monounsaturated fat, which is better for your heart than butter but be careful about how much you are using...a tablespoon isn't as big as you may think!
  4. True or False: Carbs cause weight gain. FALSE. Carbs themselves do not cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories from any source (carbs, protein, fat, or alcohol) can pack on the pounds.
  5. True or False: Fad diets work. TRUE. Disclaimer: Fad diets work in the short term for a lot of people. But if you are looking for lasting lifestyle change, lose the fad and change your habits for good!
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Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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