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Myth No. 2: Eating the same foods as your recently slimmed-down friend will slim you down too.

The Truth: Every body processes foods—even the same ones—in it's own way. Researchers in Israel recently found that identical breakfasts led to different changes in blood sugar levels (which impact your cravings and your appetite) among the 800 people they studied. Meaning, just because your friend dropped 10 pounds going low-fat, low-carb, low-whatever doesn't mean you'll have the same happy results—even if you follow her plan to a tee.

Keep This in Mind Too: Gut bacteria may play an important role in how blood sugar responds to the foods to you eat, according to the researchers. Ask your doctor about adding more probiotic-rich foods to your diet or taking a probiotic supplement to build up a healthy microbiome.