Your Health: Jan. 22, 2001

GOOD NEWS

THE SKINNY ON DIETS Yes, popular diets work, says the USDA, for the simple reason that they limit the number of calories you eat. Whether the calories come from lollipops or luncheon meats, if they total fewer than 1,500 a day, you will lose weight. But to keep it off--and stay healthy--you will need to boost your fruit, veggie and complex-carbohydrate intake and consume no more than 30% of calories from fat and 20% from protein.

BAD NEWS

INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH Industrial solvent is not most people's idea of a nutritious beverage, yet that is exactly what folks are...

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