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!
I’m working out more than ever but still not losing weight. Why not?!
A: You’re eating too many calories.
How do I always stop wanting a dessert after lunch and dinner?
A: You’ve trained yourself. Untrain yourself.
I hear that fruit has sugar. How much should I eat it?
A: Eat plenty, don’t drink any.
What’s more important? The number of calories you eat or the type of calories you eat?
A: Pick quality over quantity.
I go to bed early, but I’m always too exhausted to workout. What should I do?
A: Get checked for sleep apnea.
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Why does kale taste so gross but everyone raves about it?
A: You have to “massage” it.
What’s the deal with celebrities cutting dairy and losing so much weight?
A: Lactose can cause bloating.
Should I blot my pizza?
Are veggie chips healthy?
Should I do a cleanse?
A: Responsibly. Try The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse.
Are all fish healthy?
A: No. Avoid tilapia, catfish, swordfish.
Are energy bars good for me?
Is coffee good for me?
A: 1-2 cups, yes. More, no.
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True or false: Chocolate is actually healthy?
A: Only if it’s 70%+ cacao.
Is wheat bread always better than white?
A: No. Only 100% whole wheat.
Soup or salad?
A: Low-sodium vegetable soup.
Do I drink too much?
A: If you ask, then yes.
Margarine or butter?
A: Butter. Better yet, olive oil.
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Is honey better for me than sugar?
A: Only slightly. Choose Manuka honey.
What about agave syrup?
A: It might be worse!
What’s the first thing I should do when I wake up?
A: Drink a glass of water.
What’s the deal with BPA?
A: It’s like dosing with estrogen.
What’s the healthiest nut to eat?
Should I eat the yolk?
A: It’s where the nutrients live.
Pinto, navy, kidney: Are all beans the same?
A: Darker beans have more nutrition.
What’s the key to consuming protein?
A: Eat protein throughout the day.
What’s the best drink for weight loss?
A: Green tea.
What’s the deal with gluten?
A: Avoid it if you’re sensitive.
What’s healthier, chicken or turkey?
Should I drink smoothies?
A: If they’re low-sugar.
What’s the healthiest fruit out there?
A: Guava: protein, fiber, vitamin C
Any tricks to get my kids to eat vegetables?
A: Buy foods with hidden veggies.
What’s the best yogurt to eat?
A: Full-fat plain Greek yogurt
What can I add to my smoothies to make them healthier?
A: Chia seeds
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When should I buy organic produce?
A: When you’re eating the skins.
Does diet soda really make you fat?
A: Yes, it spikes blood sugar.
What’s the best way to order healthy in a restaurant?
A: Order first, before your friends.
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How can I motivate myself to get to the gym?
A: Realize that you are awesome.
Is fresh fruit healthier than frozen?
A: No. Frozen’s usually better.
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How can I cut down on mindless snacking?
A: Ask yourself: Am I hungry?
How can I eat fewer calories each day?
A: Have soup before each meal.
What’s the absolute best source of fiber?
A: Wheat bran.
What’s the best way to save money in the supermarket?
A: Avoid temptation; use self-checkout.
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How can I boost my metabolism?
A: Cut booze, burn 73% hotter.
How do I know which oats or oatmeal to eat?
A: Just stay away from instant.
What’s the healthiest condiment?
If there’s one supplement I could take, what would it be?
A: Vitamin D.
What’s the biggest threat to my figure?
A: Getting married.
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What’s the one food I’m probably not eating, but should?
What’s the single most important nutrition resolution I can make?
A: Eat less sugar.
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