Have you ever heard that eating oatmeal helps you lose weight? It seems to make good sense: It's high in fiber, hot and satisfying, and can keep you from binging later that morning on a box of donuts. Print a high-fiber shopping list.
But does oatmeal make you lose -- or gain? To put oatmeal to the test, we took 2,000 volunteers and gave them one of 20 common diet tips and asked them to follow that tip every day for 3 months. Some of these tips worked quite well and resulted in 2+ lbs of weight loss a month. Others seemed to backfire and lead to 1 lb of weight gain each month. One of these backfiring tips was "Eat hot oatmeal for breakfast every day."
It's a crazy finding, so we asked the oatmeal eaters why they think it backfired. Most people said they didn't know. Of the others, three reasons bubbled to the surface:
1. "I loaded the oatmeal up with lots and lots of sugar."
2. "If I'm going to the hassle of making oatmeal, I'm sure as heck not going to only have aRead More »from The "healthy" breakfast that can make you gain weight