You’re Doing It Wrong: Dieting

January 15, 2014 by Jenn Rice
shefinds | beauty
Whole wheat pasta: If you're obsessed with pasta, reach for a whole wheat version next time you go grocery shopping. A British study showed that a higher intake of whole grains (around three servings daily) was associated with a lower BMI and less abdominal fat, supporting other research that links a diet high in whole grains with tinier waists. Just be sure to keep your pasta portions between 100 and 200 calories per meal. [via Shutterstock]

Quinoa: Surely you're well aware that quinoa is a superfood, but it's also a good carb that's low in calories. Even if you ate two or three servings, you'd get a much larger portion of food for way less calories than you would if you ate pasta. In other words, eat up! [via Shutterstock]

Beans: They're loaded with fiber, iron, protein, and starch, and research in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition proves that bean eaters have a 23 percent lower risk of an expanding waistline and a 22 percent reduced risk of being obese. Beans make a great topping on any salad too. If you're buying canned beans, be sure to rinse them off in order to reduce the sodium content. [via Shutterstock]

Oatmeal: study in the journal Obesity found that adding more soluble fiber to your diet may help reduce visceral fat, the deep belly kind that surrounds vital organs and has been associated with metabolic disorders, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. It's packed with soluble fiber, and a is a great breakfast food that will give you tons of energy. [via Shutterstock]

Whole wheat bread: You don't have to give up your favorite deli sandwich or french toast. Simply opt for whole grain or whole wheat bread at the store, which is around 80 to 90 calories a piece, contains at least 2 grams of fiber and has way less sugar than white bread. [via Shutterstock]

Beets: They're fat-free and contain more carbs than protein, and a great way to introduce good carbs into your diet. They also contain iron, folic acid and fiber. Add them to salads at lunch or roast them for dinner as a delicious side dish. [via Shutterstock]

Strawberries: They're packed with vitamin C, potassium, fiber and folate, and also contain natural sugars, so they'll satisfy any sweet cravings you may have too. They're delicious on their own, as well as tasty on salads and oatmeal. [via Shutterstock]

Air-popped popcorn: Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, munch on some air-popped popcorn. According to a study in Nutrition Journal, popcorn not only provides more short-term satiety compared to the fried taters, it also reduces feelings of hunger for those looking to manage body weight and watch their calories. [via Shutterstock]

Artichokes: Artichokes are delicious and also provide a massive fiber boost to your diet. They're an easy way to spice up any salad or omelet. [via Shutterstock]



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