People are always looking for the next best thing in terms of diets and plans to lose weight and maintain a slimmer figure. That’s how the kale craze started, as well as the crazy juice cleanses.
But according to Canadian scientists, we shouldn’t look further than the traditional foods, such as peas, beans, chickpeas, and lentils. They swear it’s humble foods like this that could help you keep fit.
Researchers St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto conducted an analysis of data from 21 clinical trials that studied these foods – also known as “pulses.” They found this particular food category helps dieters reach satiety faster and get rid of unwanted pounds.
Study author Russell de Souza, a fellow researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital, said that results showed the weight loss was small. However, “simply including pulses in your diet may help you lose weight and prevent you from gaining it back after you lose it.”
Nutritionist Dana Angelo White, an assistant professor of sports medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., was not surprised by the findings. According to her, this legume category is among “the most underappreciated foods around.”
In spite of being rich in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, a lot of people overlook them. But individuals who eat them on the regular can see a steadfast weight loss and reduction of cholesterol levels.
According to the Canadian team, the fact that pulses have a “low glycemic index” also makes them the perfect replacement for unhealthy fats or animal protein. A low glycemic index means that these legumes break down slowly in the digestive tract.
Besides analyzing previous studies, the team also conducted their own trial, which involved a total of 940 adults. Participants who ate one serving (3/4 cup) of pulses daily lost an average of 0.75 pounds over six weeks without having to avoid other types of foods.
Souza explained that 90 percent of weight loss plans fail because people hate to feel hungry and eventually give in to food cravings. But that’s not the case with eating lentils, beans, and other pulses because the make us feel fuller.
The new study was supported by previous research in finding that pulses “increased the feeling of fullness by 31 percent,” which often means that people will eat less of other food stuff.
These foods also appear to reduce the absorption of fat while also lowering blood levels of “bad” cholesterol. The findings of the Canadian team are featured in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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