Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Myth: You can burn fat and lose weight by eating certain foods, like grapefruit and celery or foods with caffeine.

Answer: Busted!

No foods can burn fat. Some foods with caffeine may speed up your metabolism (the way your body uses energy, or calories) for a short time, but they do not cause weight loss.

Tip: The best way to lose weight is to cut back on the number of calories you eat and be more physically active.

Contributor: James E. Meyer, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension,

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