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These 10 nutrition mistakes could be taking years off your life: Here’s what to do instead

If food is medicine, many Americans are in dire need of a new prescription, according to experts.

Adults who stick to a healthy diet are much less likely to experience obesity, heart disease, diabetes and even some types of cancer, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — yet most Americans aren’t getting the nutrition they need. 

Worse still, they’re eating excessive amounts of the wrong things.

“Nutrition is thought to dictate about 80% of one’s health, and obesity irrefutably shaves nearly 10 years off a person’s life,” said Dr. Brett Osborn, a board-certified neurosurgeon in West Palm Beach, Florida and author of “Get Serious, A Neurosurgeon’s Guide to Optimal Health and Fitness.”

In Osborn’s opinion, the best solution is not a “blind-faith protocol or diet, but an understanding of what nutritional signals drive fat loss and maintain muscle.”

“Then, eating becomes thoughtless — and heath becomes a lifestyle.”

Melissa Rudy is health editor and a member of the lifestyle team at Fox News Digital. 

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