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The Best Way To Lose Weight When You Just Love Food Too Much

You want a flat belly. But that little monkey on your back wanting to nibble is the size of an orangutan and actually wants something substantial, even naughty. And it won’t let up. Luckily, you don’t have to munch celery for a flatter tum… Just use these hacks instead.

Love Food And Feel Like: A Burger

The hack: Swap your white bun for mixed grain for a hunger-fighting dose of fibre. Instead of tomato sauce, opt for a slice of tomato. No need to bypass cheese – just go for a low-fat variety of Swiss. Your meat? Switch from a lean to an extra-lean beef patty. You’ll never know the difference. Total saving: 677kJ.

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You Feel Like: Pasta

The hack: “Use wholewheat pasta more often,” says dietician Dr Celeste Naudé. When eating out, opt for primavera. It has a selection of vegetables and is a fresh option that packs plenty of fibre, flavour and nutrients. “Alternatively, have a marinara made with chunky Italian tomatoes, fresh garlic and herbs. Be sure to get Parmesan on the side and only add a teaspoon or two, or ask for some fresh basil to be added for a flavour and folate boost,” advises Naudé.

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You Feel Like: Chocolate

The hack: To keep your waistline in check, limit yourself to 30g of dark chocolate per day, but don’t give it up entirely. People who enjoy a treat a few times a week actually have a lower body-mass index (BMI) than those who indulge less often, reports the Archives of Internal Medicine. Antioxidants (called epicatechins) – and caffeine – in cocoa may rev metabolism, partially offsetting the kilojoules in the choccy, say researchers.

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You Feel Like: Chips

The hack: Baked potato topped with a dollop of plain Greek yoghurt. Potatoes, it turns out, are not the worst food for your waistline. “They’re vegetables and, in addition to being a great source of potassium and vitamin C, they’re high in fibre, which makes them a much healthier alternative to other comfort foods, like biscuits,” says dietician Bonnie Taub- Dix, author of Read It Before You Eat It.

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Exactly How To Use Eggs To Lose That Extra Weight

Research has found that eggs are literally the new ‘superfood’. Here’s the double whammy: not only do they boost health, but they’ve even been found to help fight obesity.

Superstars Of The Food Pyramid

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Food Science reveals that eggs are the most nutrient-dense foods and we should be eating an ‘egg a day’ to benefit from its nutritional benefits.

Eggs also fight age-related muscular degeneration, because they’re high in antioxidants.

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Dieticians have been saying that one can eat an egg a day and it won’t have an effect on cholesterol. This was proved by research which was conducted over a 30-year period – the study showed that there was no link between eating eggs and the increased risk of heart disease or a rise in cholesterol.

New studies show that saturated fats have the potential to raise cholesterol, not cholesterol-rich foods. The American and UK Heart foundations have subsequently changed their recommendations with regards to eggs. Eggs have high levels of vitamin D, B12, selenium and choline and they contain the richest mix of amino acids.

What About Weight Management?

Eggs are low in kilojoules, with a medium egg containing less than 335kJ (which is less than a small packet of chips).

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A study showed that eating two scrambled eggs for breakfast contributed to greater satiety (feeling of fullness), which reduced total kilojoule intake for up to 36 hours. One trial showed that substituting eggs for bagels for breakfast, in combination with a low-kilojoule diet, significantly lowered weight over a 60-day period. Bonus: the trial also showed no effect on cholesterol.

What does this mean? Include eggs, as above, in your daily weight management plan and benefit from this ‘superfood’.

Check out these 5 weird signs that you need to eat more protein. Plus: 10 power breakfast recipes every active girl needs in her life.

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