Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat

by Terri Schlichenmeyer    
Published: May 11, 2009 in A&E / Life&Style, Out in Print

“Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat” by Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D.
c.2009, Crown $24.95 / $28.95 Canada 304 pages

About 1700 years.

That’s how long you figure it will take to get into that swimsuit you bought at the end-of-season clearance last August.

The swimsuit was perfect, it was marked down, and you figured you could diet into it, no problem.

Fat chance.

Right now, it’s balled up in a drawer, you’re feeling like a slug, and it’ll be a long time before you’d dare wear it in public.

You’ve been dieting and exercising like mad, but nothing works. So next time, instead of reaching for a plate, grab “Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat” by Nancy Snyderman, M.D. It’s possible that what you don’t know really can hurt you.

You’ve eaten grapefruit by the dozens, munched meat (no bread), dined on anything you could sip through a straw, and tried to Diet Like the Stars. You’ve lost weight, found it, lost it again, and put on even more. Doctor Snyderman says the first thing you need to know is that there’s no magic bullet for weight loss.

Secondly, she says, learn that food is a friend. You need food to survive, and eating should be enjoyable. Just eat what you want, in moderation; in fact, you should build some of your favorite food no-no’s into your new lifestyle. And no, that piece of cheesecake you ate last night is not, alone, going to make you fat.

But yes, you’ll have to keep track of calories because, despite whatever you’ve heard, calories do count. Don’t fast or slash your calorie intake to slash pounds; doing so will only slow your weight-loss. Conversely, you do want to get rid of those love handles: studies show that body shape is important and belly fat is toxic fat.

Think of your body as a calorie bank account, and don’t worry about eating after 8pm; what you eat can be more fattening than when you eat it. Forget that old “negative calorie” stuff; there is no such food. Because research has proven that lack of sleep can cause weight gain, be sure to get plenty of Z’s. Go for the B’s in your diet (broccoli, blueberries, bananas). Remember that dieting is not all you need to shed the pounds, but don’t overdo exercising. And though carbs are good for you, know that that goodness comes with a big “but”…

Trying to fit into your summer clothes before fall arrives? “Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat” may be the guide you’ve been waiting for.

Author Nancy Snyderman, M.D. tells it straight for losing weight. She gives you the good news (dark chocolate can be beneficial) and the bad (spot reduction doesn’t work). She gives dieters permission to backslide. And she offers a diet plan with things you don’t normally see in a diet book: flexibility and a built-in “treat week.” For that real-person approach and for Snyderman’s advice-dispensing style, I liked this book.

If you’re tired of wasting your money on the latest fad-diet book, grab a copy of “Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat”. And remember – reading is calorie-free.