Adventurous eaters weigh less than those who stick to the same diet all the time, according to a US study.

A study published in the medical journal Obesity found that people who have a varied diet tend to be slimmer, more active, and more likely to have a healthy relationship with food. The study’s author – renowned food researcher and Cornell University professor Brian Wansink – suggested that promoting adventurous eating may be a way for people to lose or maintain weight without having to stick to a boring and restrictive diet. So step out of your diet rut and make food fun again!  

Almonds Curb Your Appetite

If you snack between meals because you’re feeling peckish, why not reach for some almonds? Researchers at Purdue University, USA, found that people who ate 30 almonds (around 250kcals) a day during a four-week study felt less hungry, consumed fewer calories at subsequent meals, and did not gain weight. Almonds are high in protein, fibre and healthy monounsaturated fats, making you feel fuller for longer.

Downsize Your Dinner

The simple act of choosing a smaller plate could help you to lose weight, according to a review of over 61 health studies conducted by researchers at Cambridge University, UK. Published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the research found that people using smaller crockery ate an average of 159kcals less each day. The larger the portion size, the more you’re likely to eat, so downsize your plate to whittle your waistline.

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