Here at Eat This, Not That!, we spend a lot of time sorting through medical journals, nutritional databases, and the latest health and fitness research. We’ve learned an awful lot about science-y stuff like brown fat cells, alpha-linoleic acid, and something called fibroblast growth factor 21. (It’s a liver hormone. Don’t sweat it.) We also know way too much about what’s inside a chicken nugget.
But our job is to boil it all down into news you can use and, more importantly, remember. And while Twitter may have thrown down the 140-character gauntlet, we’ve decided to go one better: to answer some of your most burning questions about fat-burning in five words or less. So now there’s no need to remember whether you’re rooting for the Firmicutes or the Bacteroidetes (both forms of gut bacteria; it’s the latter that helps promote weight loss). All you need are five little words, and you’re on your way to a littler middle. And to blast fat even faster, don't miss these essential 55 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism—Fast!
Q: I’m working out more than ever but still not losing weight. Why not?!
A: You’re eating too many calories.
Q: How do I always stop wanting a dessert after lunch and dinner?
A: You’ve trained yourself. Untrain yourself.
Q: I hear that fruit has sugar. How much should I eat of it?
A: Eat plenty, don’t drink any.
Q: What’s more important? The number of calories you eat or the type of calories you eat?
A: Pick quality over quantity.
Q: I go to bed early, but I’m always too exhausted to workout. What should I do?
A: Get checked for sleep apnea.
Q: Why does kale taste so gross but everyone raves about it?
A: You have to “massage” it.
Q: What’s the deal with celebrities cutting dairy and losing so much weight?
A: Lactose can cause bloating.
Q: Should I blot my pizza?
Q: Are veggie chips healthy?
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Q: Are all fish healthy?
A: No. Avoid tilapia, catfish, swordfish.
Q: Are energy bars good for me?
A: No. Energy = calories.
Q: Is coffee good for me?
A: 1-2 cups, yes. More, no.
Q: True or false: Chocolate is actually healthy?
A: Only if it’s 70%+ cacao.
Q: Is wheat bread always better than white?
A: No. Only 100% whole wheat.
Q: Soup or salad?
A: Vegetable soup
Q: Do I drink too much?
A: If you ask, then yes.
Q: Margarine or butter?
A: Butter. Better yet, olive oil.
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Q: Is honey better for me than sugar?
A: Only slightly.
Q: What about agave?
A: It might be worse!
Q: What’s the first thing I should do when I wake up?
A: Drink a glass of water.
Q: What’s the deal with BPA?
A: It’s like dosing with estrogen.
Q: What’s the healthiest nut to eat?
Q: Should I eat the yolk?
A: It’s where the nutrients live.
Q: Pinto, navy, kidney: Are all beans the same?
A: Darker beans mean more nutrition.
Q: What’s the key to consuming protein?
A: Eat it throughout the day.
Q: What’s the best drink for weight loss?
A: Green tea.
Q: What’s the deal with gluten?
A: Only sensitive people get sick.
Q: What’s healthier, chicken or turkey?
Q: What’s the healthiest fruit out there?
A: Guava: protein, fiber, vitamin C
Q: Any tricks to get my kids to eat vegetables?
A: Have them exercise first.
Q: What’s the best yogurt to eat?
A: Full-fat plain Greek yogurt
Q: What can I add to my smoothies to make them healthier?
A: Chia seeds
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Q: When should I buy organic produce?
A: When you’re eating the skins
Q: Does diet soda really make you fat?
A: Yes, it spikes blood sugar.
Q: What’s the best way to order healthy in a restaurant?
A: Order first, before your friends.
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Q: How can I motivate myself to get to the gym?
A: Realize that you are awesome.
Q: Is fresh fruit healthier than frozen?
A: No. Frozen’s usually better.
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Q: How can I cut down on mindless snacking?
A: Ask yourself: Am I hungry?
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Q: How can I eat fewer calories each day?
A: Have soup before each meal.
Q: What’s the absolute best source of fiber?
A: Wheat bran
Q: What’s the best way to save money in the supermarket?
A: Avoid temptation; use self-checkout.
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Q: How can I boost my metabolism?
A: Cut booze, burn 73% hotter.
Q: How do I know which oats or oatmeal to eat?
A: Just stay away from instant.
Q: What’s the healthiest condiment?
Q: If there’s one supplement I could take, what would it be?
A: Vitamin D
Q: What’s the biggest threat to my figure?
A: Getting married
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Q: What’s the one food I’m probably not eating, but should?
Q: What’s the single most important nutrition resolution I can make?
A: Eat less sugar.