pasta weight loss

Researchers have good news for everyone working on their summer body: a study found that eating lots of potatoes, rice, and pasta can actually help you shed weight faster than counting calories alone.

The study, conducted by Leeds University in England, found that eating a diet of low energy density foods filled dieters up more quickly, which resulted in fewer cravings for snacks and junk food.

Study leader Dr. Nicola Buckland, from Leeds University, said: “A lot of people give up on diets because they feel hungry between meals.

“Our research shows eating low energy density foods can help overcome that problem.”

The study found 37 overweight women who ate food with a low energy density for 14 weeks lost an average of 12 pounds, 13 ounces.

But 41 other women on a program restricting their calories to 1,400 per day lost just 7 pounds, 4 ounces in the same time period.

Separate lab tests on both groups showed volunteers ate 1,057 fewer calories for dinner when they had a breakfast and lunch with less energy-dense foods.

They also reported feeling less hungry and had fewer cravings.

That’s a huge difference in weight loss between the two test groups. But before you start having spaghetti for dinner every night, know that not all grains are created equal. Dieters should choose whole grains over refined grains, as whole grains contain more fiber content that will help slow the movement of food through the digestive tract, thus keeping you full longer. Examples of whole grains include oatmeal, popcorn, whole wheat, and brown rice. Other low energy density foods that dieters can reach for include fresh fruit, non-starchy vegetables, lean meat, fish, eggs, and beans.

Overall, the study confirmed what we’ve known for a very long time to be true: eating filling foods causes fewer calories to be consumed overall, which results in weight loss. Furthermore, the study proves that you don’t have to deprive yourself of foods you love in order to lose weight. If you love pasta, simply swap out traditional for whole wheat; it tastes just as good, and you’ll see results in the long run.

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