5 Weight-Loss Truths Hidden in Trendy Diets (Page 4)

Don’t Be Afraid of Fat

3. Don’t Be Afraid of Fat

If the Atkins diet taught us anything, it’s that following a fat-free diet isn’t always the best way to lose weight—especially if your favorite fat-free foods are big, caloric cookies and bagels. Then, the more sensible South Beach Diet came along and taught us to opt for healthy fats, like almonds and fatty fish (think: salmon and tuna), over the artery-clogging burgers and bacon that Atkins permitted. South Beach also encouraged carbohydrates that fall low on the glycemic index (i.e., they don’t cause rapid spikes and drops in your blood sugar)—vegetables and whole grains like brown rice and barley. And we all should adopt the philosophy that judicious amounts of healthy fats trump unlimited refined carbs any day. (This is just one of our 6 secrets to losing weight. Find out the other 5 here.)

Recipes to try: Discover Healthy Tuna and Salmon Salad Recipes

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