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How You Can Eat More — and Still Lose Weight


Heart-Healthy EatingWhat if you concentrated on eating more foods that are good for you rather than trying desperately to completely avoid the bad ones? Can you actually eat more and still lose weight? Registered dietitian Julia Zumpano says you can. Here’s how it works.

Most trendy diets include some sort of restriction — such as cutting out carbohydrates, gluten or dairy products — which makes them hard to sustain. Typically, once you stop following the diet’s restrictions, the weight comes right back.

However, if you focus on adding more nutritious foods to your meals, as opposed to restricting foods, you’ll be more likely to lose weight and keep it off. You won’t feel like you’re depriving yourself, so you’ll be more likely to maintain the healthy eating habits.

And, if you concentrate on incorporating a certain amount of healthy food into your meals every day — like aiming for between five and seven servings of fresh fruits and vegetables — you may find that you’ll naturally limit the not-so-healthy choices. You honestly won’t feel as hungry for them.

Which healthy foods are best to add?