If you follow nutrition news, you probably feel completely confused. Every day seems to bring a contradictory new study - and new debates among the experts.
Does eating fat make us fat? Or is it the carbs? Are there good fats? Bad fats? To lose weight, should I eat more protein or become a vegetarian? Opinions about weight loss are a dime a dozen these days.
This is a confusing time for consumers. Public health officials are trying to figure out the best approach to the obesity epidemic; USDA is re-evaluating the Food Guide Pyramid; all the diet gurus are pushing their books; and ads for weight loss gimmicks are everywhere.
Amid all the uncertainty, there are three basic principles that can help anyone move toward a healthy weight:
First, miracle weight loss products are a waste of time, money and health. Nothing will melt fat while you sleep or, as the ad says, give you a "slim, sexy body without strenuous exercise."