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.
If you said arrivederci to pasta during a low-carb diet phase, welcome this Italian staple back into your lifestyle. You can eat pasta and still lose weight. There, we said it. The trick is to keep your pasta portions in check, eat whole grain pasta whenever possible, and round out the meal with lean proteins, lots of veggies and lighter sauces. Whole grain pasta will fill you up so you feel satisfied. Depriving yourself of something you love to eat is only going to set you up for failure later — when you binge on a huge plate of creamy pasta and feel guilty about it and then ditch your healthy eating habits. Besides that whole grain study we mentioned earlier, other observational research shows that diets with whole grains in them are associated with lower body mass indexes (BMIs) and improved cardiovascular health. So have pasta tonight! Just make sure it’s whole grain and keep your serving size to one cup.
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