Lose Weight Eating Chocolate And Drinking Wine? Lentils Help With Weight Loss Too

With summer just around the corner, now is a good time to create a plan to lose weight. The problem with most plans, though, is that they can often include a lot of deprivation, making them harder to stick with. Based on some of the latest science, certain foods can help dieters lose weight and keep it off without being deprived.

The Independent UK reported that although it may seem that the last thing dieters should do, eating chocolate and drinking wine can actually help dieters lose weight. Tim Spector, professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College in London said that dieters are ignoring one main thing: microbes in the gut.

Spector, the author of The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat, said there were around four pounds of microbes in the average gut. These microbes outnumber the number of cells in a human body by about 10 to one. To lose weight, Spector said dieters needed to eat chocolate, wine, coffee and cheese because they can help in the growth of these microbes. Ignoring the microbes in the gut can cause most dieters to fail to lose weight even when they take calorie control into account.

To promote healthy growth of good gut microbes to make it easy to lose weight, Specter said dieters should eat foods that promote the reproduction of those microbes. Most diets, he said, had the opposite effect.

"The increasing promotion and use of restrictive diets that depend on just a few ingredients. Will inevitably lead to further reduction in microbe diversity and eventually to ill-health."
As previously reported by Inquisitr, in another study, the researcher, Mark Haub of Kansas City University set out to prove that dieters could lose weight by cutting calories even when they ate a diet high in junk food. To prove his point, Haub ate a total of 1,800 calories per day for 10 weeks, 800 calories less than his normal total of 2,600 calories. Although he did use meal replacement shakes and vitamins to help with nutrition, two-thirds of his diet consisted of eating junk food.

Although Haub's experiment was considered successful, since he lost 27 pounds, cut his bad cholesterol by 20 percent, and his triglycerides by 39 percent, Haub said that he couldn't recommend eating this way in order to lose weight because it wasn't healthy. He did prove that cutting calories could lead to weight loss success.

In another study involving lentils, Star 2 reported that just one serving a day of a favorite Malaysian food, lentils, could help dieters to easily lose weight. Beans, peas and chickpeas were also listed as other pulses for dieters to eat.

The new study was published in the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A team at St. Michael's Hospital carried out a meta analysis and looked at 940 participants from 21 different clinical trials. The study showed that by adding only three-quarters of a cup of pulses to a dieter's daily diet, without making any other changes, resulted in a three-quarters of a pound weight loss over a 6-week period. Pulses would not only help contribute to losing weight, but they could also be used to help maintain weight.

Dr. Russell de Souza, who led the study, commented that even though the change was small, it could help with keeping the weight off.

"Though the weight loss was small, our findings suggest that simply including pulses in your diet may help you lose weight, and we think more importantly, prevent you from gaining it back after you lose it."
To lose weight effectively, diet is the most important consideration. Exercise can help build muscle, but to effectively lose weight and keep it off during the long term, small lifestyle changes can add up to a big difference. The right food changes can help dieters lose weight and keep it off.

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