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Melisa Farill Talancon

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What is the best diet for weight loss and keeping it off?

I'm trying to put EVERYTHING into the equation: animal rights, ethics, economy, lifestyle, culinary arts, healthcare priorities and above all, reality...what works best and stays that way?

Vegan, local, paleo, moderation? All of these?

Are dairy products really bad for us? Since when? Worse than fast food? Is sugar really worse than honey?


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  • Jun 22 2013: Perhaps the question should focus on overall health instead of just weight loss. Some people are thin but are still unhealthy. Also the physiology of people vary, so there may not be a single answer for what is the best diet. Yet there seems to be a consensus that processed foods are bad for you, particularly foods which contain a lot of fructose. If fructose is the primary culprit, then honey should be no better than sugar.
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      Jun 26 2013: Agreed. Nothing is more frustrating to me than people who think honey is magically good for you, whereas refined sugar is the bad guy.

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