Chocolate Diet? No.. No.. No

Woman Eating Chocolate

Dieters the world over rejoiced when the Institute of Diet and Health announced that eating a chocolate bar a day will accelerate weight loss. However, the claims turned out to be completely untrue. The Institute of Diet and Health was nothing more than a website create by John Bohannon, an investigative journalist who wanted to make a point regarding the authenticity (or lack of it) found in many claims regarding nutritional claims and fad diets.

How to Avoid Being Fooled

John Bohannon notes that there are several ways in which dieters can avoid being fooled by false claims. For starters, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Bold claims are generally untrue. There is no crystallized scientific consensus around diet and human health outcomes that would enable one to make accurate claims that particular foods accelerate (or do not accelerate) weight loss. Bohannon goes on to say that most of the reports and articles about food and weight loss that one finds in men's and women's health magazines are either complete bunk or poorly researched.

That is not to say that food does not play a role in weight loss. In fact, eating the right foods can mean the difference between shedding pounds (and keeping them off) or continually gaining weight. However, it is important to note that there is no one "miracle food" that can accelerate weight loss regardless of what other foods you eat. Instead, one will need to eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean meat and healthy carbohydrates such as whole wheat bread, oats, brown rice and potatoes. Eating healthy meals every day, coupled with healthy snacks and exercise, is what makes it possible for a person to attain their target weight.


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