Dieting myths .... busted

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    Don't Eat After 8 p.m.
    Calories can't tell time. "Your body digests and uses calories the same way morning, noon, and night," says Mary Flynn, Ph.D., a research dietitian at the Miriam Hospital, in Providence. They may sit around a little longer if you eat, then lie on the couch and watch Letterman, but when you move around the next day, your body will dip into its stores.
  2. 2.
    Eating Small, Frequent Meals Boosts Your Metabolism
    Food intake has a negligible effect on metabolism. Some foods, including those with caffeine, may slightly and temporarily increase metabolism, but the effect is too small to help you lose weight.
  3. 3.
    Pasta Makes You Fat
    Carbohydrates per se don't make you fat; extra calories do, whether you eat them in the form of carbs, fats, or protein. Keep in mind though, carbs do have an effect on your body composition!
  4. 4.
    Coffee Can Help You Lose Weight
    While coffee may temporarily squelch your appetite, drinking a couple of cups a day won't have enough of an effect to help you lose weight.
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