In an earlier post I commented that the #1 rule for a healthy diet is to eat food as close to nature as possible and try to avoid foods that are laden with preservatives. Two other types of ingredients that I recommend my clients try to avoid are chemical sugar substitutes and trans fats. I like to refer to both of these as “fake” foods. The marketing around sugar substitutes such as Splenda would have us believe that they help women lose weight. Actually the opposite is true. These sugar substitutes actually stimulate your appetite and cause you to eat more. Trans fats are commonly listed as partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated oils. These products have been directly linked to heart disease and other chronic degenerative diseases. Avoiding both these fake foods will go a long ways towards having a healthier diet.