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Health Tip: Five Exercise and Nutrition Myths

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(HealthDay News) -- Figuring out which nutrition and exercise information is trustworthy may be difficult, says the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

The agency debunks these common misconceptions:

  • Bread, pasta and rice are not necessarily fattening. Try to eat whole grains to feel fuller.
  • You do not have to avoid all fats if you're trying to lose weight. Go for foods with healthy fats, such as avocados and nuts.
  • Dairy products may not be unhealthy. Adults should have three servings a day of low-fat dairy products.
  • Physical activity does not have to be for long periods. You can perform short spurts of activity during the week.
  • Lifting weights will not always make you look "too bulky." Only intense strength training will build large muscles.

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