5 Pieces of Diet Advice You’re Better Off Skipping

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When the New Year arrives and the weight loss promises are made, the diet advice soon follows — and lots of it. But you’re better off ignoring these five “helpful” suggestions.

#1: To lose weight, load up on protein
Protein is one of the three macronutrients that are essential to help you lose weight, but don’t count out fat and carbohydrates. Protein, fats and carbs all provide important nutrients to help keep your body healthy. Subsisting on (or avoiding) any one of them can throw your body off track.

Instead: Taking in fewer overall calories while providing your body with the nourishment it needs is the key to successful weight loss. Balance meals with a combo of lean protein, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy and healthy fat.

#2: Avoid sweets and junk food at all costs
Dieting shouldn’t be about feeling deprived or as though you’re missing out. Besides, as hard as you try, your favorite junk foods (hello, chocolate!) will always end up calling your name.

Instead: Work in very small amounts of your favorite food so you can enjoy them on occasion, such as 1 ounce of dark chocolate after dinner or a small handful of salty potato chips with your sandwich.

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