Roadblocks to Weight Loss (3rd Edition)

Detours to Dropping Pounds (Water & Chocolate)

Roadblock number one: You think “water-rich” diet means more trips to the cooler.

                Bottled water is good, but water in your food has the real serious slimming power.

                A study showed that when women increased their intake of water-rich foods like fruits and veggies, they ate fewer calories.

                That’s because foods with more H2O fill you up quicker and have less calories.

                Women who eat a water-rich diet will lose about a third more than those who are on a reduced-fat diet.

                Your Detour: Fill up on foods high in H2O.

                Besides fruits and vegetables, there are broth-based, low-sodium soups, oatmeal and other whole grains and beans.



Roadblock #2: You’re eating M&M’s like they’re pills.

                Recent headlines have shown cocoa  has positive health effects like lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and dementia. Even preventing cancer.

                But the research isn’t as delicious as it seems.

                It’s no surprise, milk chocolate has about 150-calories and ten grams of fat in each ounce.

                Here’s your detour:  The key is small doses and dark chocolate.

                It has slightly less fat and fewer calories than milk chocolate.

                Plus it’s richer, so less goes a longer way.

                You can also opt for low-cal and fat free chocolate.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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