Love digging into a big plate of food, but want to eat healthier?
You can, without piling up the calorie count, with volume foods. These generally refer to foods that are low in calories but physically have a lot of volume or size — meaning they take up more space in your tummy so you don’t wind up getting hangry.
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They also typically contain more water and fibre, and have more nutritional value than your average processed food.
Quick note: eating volume foods doesn’t mean you’ll definitely lose weight if you consume more calories than you burn. At the same time, you don’t have to give up foods with high energy density, whether they are what’s typically considered “junk food” — a chocolate bar, a bag of chips, or a greasy burger — and especially those with healthy fats like nuts, dark chocolate, and avocado. A sustainable diet is a long-lasting one.
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