7 Surprising Foods That Help You Lose Weight

Find out which unexpected foods can help you shed pounds.

7 Surprising Foods That Help You Lose Weight

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.


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Pasta

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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Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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