3 Diet Myths Busted

The words "real beauty" have never meant as much as they do today. After some guilty-pleasure gossip perusing on the Internet, we stumbled upon this glorious picture of the gorgeous Heidi Klum eating none other than...pizza!

It's refreshing not only to see that Heidi Klum isn't on a seaweed and water strict diet, but also that she isn't afraid to show it! Everyone loves a good slice. Yes, some of us indulge in it a little too much, say at 3 a.m. after a night out at the bars, but Klum is proof that the occasional carb really does do a body good!

Klum's L.A. lunch this past weekend makes us think this girl knows what is diet myth vs. truth. Myth #1 - eating pizza is bad. Au contraire, if done in moderation! Check out these other diet myths below:

Carbs are not your friends. You should not hang out with them.Banning carbs from your diet will do more harm than good; it's more about portion control. Load your plate up with veggies and fruits. Though they have carbs, they also are high in water and fiber, which means they will fill you up and contain fewer calories than that third slice of bread.

It doesn't matter what you eat because you work out three hours every day. Hold the elliptical there, Jane Fonda. Overexercising can often result in burning yourself out, which leads to bingeing and quitting the gym altogether. Instead, build yourself up with a workout routine and don't forget the cooldown. In recent studies, adults who ended their workout with a cooldown were more likely to stick with exercising, says Britton Brewer, Ph.D., of the Center for Youth Development and Research at Springfield College in Massachusetts.

"Healthy" and "low-cal" are interchangeable. Back it up with those low-cal snack packs: this isn't always the case. These labels don't tell you anything about the calories per serving size, which is what you should be paying attention to. "My rule of thumb is to look first at the calories per serving, then check the serving size" says Marion Nestle, Ph.D., professor of nutrition and food studies at New York University. "Once you match the product's serving size to what you'd actually eat, the calories might be considerably higher."

What diet myths have you busted lately? Tell us yours below!

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