When to Ignore the Rules

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The sheer amount of dos and don'ts when it comes to weight loss is mind-boggling. How can you keep it all straight? When to eat, when NOT to eat, cut out certain food groups, eat low-fat, eat more fats...no wonder it's so hard to stick with a healthy eating plan. Magazines aren't helpful - each promises weight loss with new rules and claims.

Debunk the most common myths now. Many of us could benefit from eating less fat, but what about eating little to no fat? Not a good idea - many "junk" foods are fat-free or have less fat than their predecessors, but they're still the same sugary, empty-calorie junk they've always been. Try replacing harmful fats with smaller amounts of healthful fats, like those found in olive oil and fatty fish.