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MYTH: Certain Foods Can Burn Fat Faster

Oh, if we could just eat our way to thinness. But the truth is that no food can burn body fat. There are grapefruit and cabbage diets that claim they can help melt fat, but the fact is that while they're low in calories, these foods don't replace the treadmill. “It is true, however, that the calories from whole plant foods -- like nuts -- don’t seem to 'stick' as easily as calories from junk food, like cookies,” says Aronson. And don’t believe the 'negative calorie' myth, either. Eating low-calorie foods -- like celery -- won't actually make your calorie count go down, says Nancy Snyderman, M.D., the chief medical editor for NBC News.

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