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Nutrition Basics

How Calories Count - Learn the basics about the ever-present calorie, and where calories fit into the weight loss equation.

Fats: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Fat is an essential part of every diet. Update your knowledge about fats, the different types of food fats, in what foods you can find these fats, and which types to seek out and which to avoid.

Fiber Facts - The fact is that fiber is necessary to maintain a healthy diet. The not-so-obvious facts are why it's important, good sources of fiber and how much we should be getting. We'll also give you some simple ideas on how to add fiber to your meals and snacks.

Blood Sugar Ups and Downs - Managing blood sugar is one of the keys to weight loss. Keeping blood sugar steady decreases the likelihood of developing a common pattern of being over-hungry and tempted to overeat late in the day.

The HSPH Healthy Eating Plate - The "Healthy Eating Plate", created by experts at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, provides a visual representation of which foods you should be putting on your plate. It offers detailed guidance to help you make the best eating choices.

Hydration- We know that we are supposed to be drinking "8 to 10 glasses of water a day," but why?

Facts About Fad Diets - There will never be a shortage of speedy weight loss promises in the media and bookstores. This is the American Dietetic Association's advice on how to spot a fad diet and red flags that signal bad nutrition advice.

Analyzing the Nutrition Facts Label - This page takes you through a step by step description and analysis of each line on a nutrition label.


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