The Zone, the cabbage soup diet, the Master Cleanser lemonade diet — how can you tell what is a fad and what really works? Last week, health and science website LiveScience reported on some diet tips that really work.
Skip the corn syrup
A study revealed that rats who guzzled drinks made from high fructose corn syrup gained much more weight than those who drank sugar-sweetened drinks, even when the drinks contained the same amount of calories. High fructose corn syrup is found not only in soft drinks but also in frostings, bacon, candy, sausages and hot dogs.
Avoid junk food
Research reveals that junk food can affect your brain in ways similar to hard drugs, so that eating junk becomes a top priority. One way to avoid junk food temptation is to avoid going long stretches of time without eating and watch portion sizes when you indulge in a junk food treat.
Plan meals and snacks in advance and allow your body to settle into a predictable routine. Avoid waiting more than three hours to have a small meal or snack.
Eat your breakfast
Ideally, eat a protein-rich breakfast, such as scrambled eggs and toast, to feel more satiated throughout the day, say experts. Plus the extra fat in the egg can have a long-lasting effect, leaving you feeling less starved at lunchtime and tempted to overindulge.
Eat closer to nature
Selecting high-protein, high-fibre foods lower on the glycemic index, which refers to how quickly foods affect blood sugar, can stabilise energy levels. Foods higher on the index (sweets, white rice, white flour breads) spike blood sugar but then lead to an energy crash. It’s best to go for vegetables, meat, and fruits, over processed ones.