5 Common Dieting Myths

The truth may not set you free—but it might make your pants looser
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 2, 2007 11:55 AM CDT
Substituting a rich dessert for a meal now might keep you from binging on both later.   (Shutterstock.com)
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(Newser) – Nutritionist Joy Bauer, the "Today" show's diet editor, looks at some popular dieting myths—or are they?

  1. Diet and exercise can transform fat into muscle: The one can't become the other.
  2. Metabolism slows with age, and there's nothing you can do about it: Exercise can maintain your burn.

  1. It's better to eat six mini-meals than three squares: The schedule that fits your lifestyle is best.
  2. Substituting a fatty dessert for a meal is OK: True!
  3. Eating nine servings of produce a day is impossible: What a nutritionist considers a serving is so small (half a cup to a cup) that it's not much of a challenge.