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 have cast off potatoes because you think they’re “bad carbs,” it’s time to rethink how you eat spuds in order to lose more weight. Potatoes contain resistant starches, which means they “resist digestion” and get digested slower, so your blood sugar levels remain stable and you feel fuller for longer. To reap the benefits of potato’s resistant starch properties, bake or boil it and then allow it to cool. Turn it into a potato salad and serve it with a lean grilled protein. Research has shown that when resistant starch was served with protein it enhanced fat oxidation and feelings of fullness in both lean and obese women.
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