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Skip The Potato Chips If You Want To Stay Slim

Want to avoid packing on the pounds?  Try cutting back on potato chips.  They are the top culprit for putting on pounds over time, according to a new study from Harvard.  It sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? 

Scientists at Harvard looked at the diet and lifestyles of more than 120,000 people and found that what

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we consume and how much we consume has a bigger impact on long-term weight gain than how much we exercise.  As they studied what people ate, they determined that potato chips were the biggest culprit for putting on pounds.  Eating 15 chips a day over a four year period led to almost a two pound weight gain.  What is it about potato chips that make them so irresistable?  Obesity expert Dr. Pi-Sunyer says it best: “They’re very tasty and they have a very good texture.  People generally don’t take one or two chips.  They have a whole bag.”   It’s hard to eat just one.  Are you surprised chips beat out sweets or fried foods?

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