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Too Many Food Choices Can Add On The Pounds

August 14, 2018

Controlling your food intake can be a daunting task, especially if you are a foodie. Although nutrition experts have stated for years that eating a wide variety of foods is key to weight control and staying healthy, a new report suggest that when you narrow your food options, you'll eat fewer unhealthy and fattening foods. The study from the American Heart Association points out that there are many ways to define a varied diet, and some of them aren’t so healthy. For instance, some people might think a varied diet means eating different types of meats, refined grains, and foods that are high in sodium or sugar is healthy.  They suggest the "everything in moderation" statement has left consumers confused. So it's time to remove “everything" and redefine to narrow down choices on foods we view as “rewards."  In one study, overweight people who were offered a variety of foods for their snacks ate 25% more snack servings per week than people who were told they could eat any amount of one favorite snack. It is recommended that you stock your pantry with a number of different foods from healthy food groups such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, beans, and unprocessed whole grains. However when it comes to your cheat foods, limit the variety of items.  Instead of cookies, cakes and candy bars, keep only one type on hand. You can even rotate them occasionally to keep you feeling rewarded for staying on track. With few unhealthy choices hanging around, you’ll be less likely to overindulge.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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