Sunday, December 13, 2009

Diet Secret #9: Your stomach can be fooled.

"The volume and weight of food affect how satisfying it is and how much you eat of it," says Robert H. Eckel, M.D., vice-chairman of the nutrition committee of the American Heart Association.

You can fill your stomach with fewer calories if you load up with water and fiber - two things your body doesn't metabolize (meaning they don't contribute calories). A bowl of chicken soup, for example, will probably leave you feeling more satiated than a piece of chicken; a side of p #8eas is more filling than a slice of white bread. Note: The fiber should come from food - vegetables, fruit, legumes, and whole grains - not powder or pills.

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