Find out which unexpected foods can help you shed pounds.
By Diana Kelly Levey
Depending on the weight loss plan you’re following, you may have sworn off a number of foods for a variety of reasons — perhaps they don’t fit into the diet our cavemen ancestors ate, your friend told you that she read a certain food is terrible for you, or some celebrity said she effortlessly dropped her baby weight by cutting this one food out of her diet. Whatever your reason for eliminating certain foods from your daily diet, we’re sharing why science supports adding these wholesome foods back into your eating plan.
Passed up the guacamole because you’re concerned about avocados being high in fat and calories? They have good-for-you fats in the form of monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. One study found that when people ate more polyunsaturated fats over saturated fats, they had more gains in muscle mass and less body fat than people in the study that ate a similar amount of saturated fat. Another study found that avocado consumption was associated with a better diet quality and nutrient intake overall. Slice one-third of an avocado to serve with your omelet in the morning, toss one-fourth of a cup into a mango smoothie, or dip fresh veggies into guacamole for a filling snack that will keep you satisfied.
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