The 5 Essential Diet Rules

fruit on a scale( — Yes, many different diets can work for many different people. But the main problem with most of them is that they make unrealistic demands that most people just can’t sustain for a long period of time. And remember – losing and mantaining a healthy weight is about consistency, not flip-flopping from one diet to another.

So what should you do? Try incorporating the below 5 science-proven tips into your everyday eating habits:

1. Snack on almonds
When salty cravings strike, bypass the pretzels or popcorn. In a study of 65 men and women who were following a low-calorie diet, California researchers found that those who noshed on the nuts shrank their waistlines nearly 50% more than dieters who didn’t eat them, despite consuming the same number of calories. Likewise, Spanish researchers found that even without increasing exercise, a diet enriched with monounsaturated fatty acids (aka MUFAs, found in foods such as almonds and avocados) decreased the accumulation of abdominal fat, compared with a carbohydrate-heavy diet, which increased it.

2. Fill up on fiber