(BlackDoctor.org) — 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
“When you slow digestion, you slow the delivery of glucose [blood sugar] to the bloodstream,” says Marie Savard, MD, author of The Body Shape Solution to Weight Loss and Wellness. “That means less insulin is released, and with lower insulin release comes lower visceral [belly] fat storage.” In a study of more than 2,900 adults, those who ate the most fiber weighed less and had lower insulin levels and slimmer waistlines than those who ate the least. Aim for at least 25 g a day from such foods as vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, brown rice, and whole grain bread, cereal, and pasta.