Women's Heart Advisor January 2008 Issue

Lose Weight Without Getting Hungry

Understanding the energy density of foods will help you make leaner choices that can help your heart.

If you need to lose weight in order to reduce your heart risk, a dietitian will advise you to choose foods that are high in nutritional value and low in fat. But many who follow this advice find their good intentions sabotaged by hunger. "We know what we should eat, but the number-one complaint from people trying to lose weight is, Im always hungry. By choosing low energy-density (ED) foods, you can manipulate your body into thinking you are eating a lot more food," says Cleveland Clinic dietitian Melissa Ohlson, MS, RD, LD.

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