Thursday, February 14, 2013
Article # 302. Bad Foods Gone Good: Foods You Don’t Have To Ditch To Stick To Your Diet
When you want to shed a few pounds, sugars, breads, and foods like potatoes are the first foods to go. The trendiest of “diets” all propagate denial, but more often than not, this type of diet plan only leads to a never-ending cycle of yo-yo dieting. Strict diets are impossible to maintain. When you deny your cravings, sooner or later you’ll burst, and the site of yourself binging on a smorgasbord of carbohydrates will again replay itself, leading to feelings of failure, and eventual giving up. But there is a silver lining. The foods you’ve been resisting may actually be okay for you, when consumed in the right portions. That’s right…..pasta, bread, and potatoes can actually make you slimmer…..Don’t believe us – check out this list of typically bad for you foods that can actually be helpful for weight-loss:
A slice of bread or a small roll actually helps curb your cravings. While digesting the carbs in the bread your body produces serotonin that promotes feelings of satisfaction and comfort. The lack of it makes you irritable and more likely to overeat.
Cooked pasta and rice is essentially 70% water and this high fluid content keeps you feeling full for longer in comparison to dry foods, as reported by the British Nutrition Foundation. Dish up half cup of whole grain type cooked pasta with lean meat and veggies to keep you full and beat those in-between cravings.
Potatoes are one of the most misunderstood foods. If consumed the right way, boiled or baked, potatoes form a resistant starch in our system that blocks the body’s ability to burn carbs and switches to fat burning mode instead. However, we still don’t have a reason to wolf down those French fries or chips.
Cheese is another one of our top forbidden foods, but is laden with calcium that helps your body burn calories. Not getting enough of it releases a hormone called calcitirol, which makes you pile on flab. A scientific study proves that a low-calorie diet complemented by an extra daily dose of calcium is far more effective for weight loss and no turning to those calcium supplements do not help. But with 40-calorie wedges and single-serve varieties available, we can have a healthy serving of cheese every day.
Peanut butter and nuts actually prevent fat accumulation around your belly and boost calorie burn. According to recent research, an ordinary carb snack keeps you full for 30 minutes whereas a peanut based one can keep you going for 2.5 hours. 2-tablespoon portions of peanut butter, twice a week, can actually mean gaining fewer pounds and banish belly flab.
Savor a square or two of dark chocolate once in a while. Women intensely crave chocolates and indulgence in small doses keep you feeling satisfied and safe from going on a binge.