Miracle Diet? Fat Chance!

So you think you know how to eat right—what foods are healthy, what foods keep the weight off—yet you can't stop peeking at the latest fad diet. A voice inside says you'd lose the weight without cutting calories if you ate your cheeseburger without the bun. The voice says weight loss will happen if you drink liquid protein. Or just stop eating for 3 hours before you go to bed. Or maybe the magic formula is eating 40% of your calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein, and 30% from fat at each meal and snack.

Sound a bit crazy? Yes, it does. Yet at any given time, about two-thirds of us are trying to lose weight or keep it off.

1. The only long-lasting way to lose weight is to:
2. If you want to lose weight, the worst time to eat is:
3. The high-protein/low-carbohydrate fad diets work because:
4. If you want to lose weight, what would be the most filling, lasting snack? (Standard serving sizes are shown.)
5. Dieters have often avoided fat because:
6. A diet is a fad if it:
Online Medical Reviewer: Dansinger, Michael MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Poulson, Brittany, MDA RDN CD CDE
Online Medical Reviewer: Wojcik, Stacey, MBS, BSN, RN
Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2023
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