Confused about healthy eating? Making sense of the mixed messages from the experts

3. When it comes to metabolism, life isn't fair


Accept it. We all know people who eat like pigs and are stick insects. Whereas others have a mouthful of cake and put on a couple of pounds. Some weeks you'll be uber-virtuous and not lose a pound; others you know you've been a little bit naughty and you get away with it. There's something about the way we put on weight which I reckon the scientists haven't sussed yet. When they do, they'll make pills out of whatever it is that the stick insects have that the rest of us don't. Until that time, sorry there are no magic pills for weight. It's all about balancing your diet with what works for you.