How to Lose Weight
20 Habits Skinny People Live By
Imagine a group of scientists in a food laboratory on a dark and stormy night. “Eureka!” one cries out. “I’ve created the superfood that will end disease as we know it!”
Soon, the food additive is being blended into everything, from cookies to fast-food burgers, as scientists are certain it will help us all live longer and healthier.
Now, imagine that years later, we discover the superfood is, in fact, a monster food—an additive so toxic that, over time, it wildly increases our risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, and obesity. And—Ay, caramba!—it’s already inside us all!
Sound like a made-for-TBS movie? It's not. It's the story of trans fat, a dangerous, man-made lipid that was believed to be healthier than regular fats. We bought the lie until the mid-’90s, when a study in the American Journal of Public Health indicted trans fats for no fewer than 30,000 annual deaths. The worst part: They're still in our food today!
My point: Understanding the nuances of nutrition is hard—so hard that even the scientists are constantly making mistakes. That’s why the best way to lose weight is to ignore trends and instead focus on healthy eating strategies. Following are the 20 best fat-fighting habits known to man. Commit them to your daily routine and you're guaranteed to drop excess pounds.
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