Healthy Weight Series: Going Clean

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If you want to lose weight, avoid artificial sweeteners and synthetic fat substitutes. Not only are they unhealthy, they don’t help you develop good eating habits. Most importantly, the research shows they do not promote weight loss, and in fact, they are more likely to promote weight gain.

Instead of artificial sweeteners, small amounts of sugar as a flavoring are a better choice when you want something sweet (sugar is safe when used in moderation, and relatively low in calories, about 15 per teaspoon). For fats, small amounts of healthy fats such as extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil or grass fed butter are a much better choice for your health and your waistline than synthetic or processed (hydrogenated) fats.

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