• The New England Journal of Medicine reports that the regular consumption of certain foods is closely associated with weight loss. Other foods and habits cause weight gain – simply by being a part of a regular diet. The study showed gains and losses after 4 years.
    Add a daily serving of these foods to lose weight over a four-year period.

    • Yogurt -0.82 pounds
    • Nuts -0.57 pounds
    • Fruits -0.49 pounds
    • Whole grains -0.37 pounds
    • Vegetables -0.22 pounds

    Another idea: Add pureed vegetables to favorite dishes to decrease the calories per serving, while eating the same volume. Feb American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

    In the same study, it was shown that eating these foods is directly linked to weight gain.

    • French fries +3.35 pounds
    • Potato chips +1.69 pounds
    • Red meat +1 pound
    • Sugary drinks
    • Processed meat

    French fries, ice cream and soda don’t give the feeling of saitety as quickly as high fiber foods. Your’re more inclinded to keep eating. High fiber foods expand in the stomach, slow digestion and make you feel satisfied more quickly.

    The wonder foods researchers like to guard against disease? Brocolli and berries. And excercise – brisk walk 20 minutes a day and muscle strengthening exercises 2 or more days a week.

    Watch for these other lifestyle daily habits which also seem to cause specific weight gains over a four-year period.

    • Alcohol use +0.41 pounds each drink per day
    • Smoking +5.17 pounds for new quitters; 0.14 pounds for former smokers
    • Sleep – less than 6-8 hours per night may lead to weight gain
    • TV watchers +0.31 pounds for each hour watched per day (watch 5 hours of TV daily and gain 1.5 pounds)

    From The New England Journal of Medicine

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