>What are the best strategies to lose weight?

>How many times have you tried to lose weight? Was it successful? How long did you keep it off? These are questions you probably ask yourself if you have tried over and over again!
But always remember the saying– try, try again!
It seems to me that hardly a day goes by without thinking about weight. So very many people are trying to keep in shape, lose weight, or just maintain weight that it seems like the world is obsessed with weight reduction strategies!
According to  Patricia Hausman and Judith Hurley in their book; Healing Foods, there are some proven ways to counter the scale.
They feel, that if there is no underlying cause for your weight, such as depression, or  endocrine problems such as thyroid dysfunction, you may want to try some of the following strategies:
1. Appetite Control: If you are convinced that there is nothing that will stop your appetite, try this fiber rich diet for a few days. They believe that a high fiber diet keeps you full throughout the day.

This  calorie fiber rich diet should keep your appetite at bay! Give it a try.
4 ounces of skim milk
1/3 cup All-Bran
1 slice whole wheat bread
1/2 banana
1/2 cup white beans
1/2 cup beets
1/2 cup kale
1 slice whole wheat bread
1 tsp margarine ( look for non-hydrogenated)
4 ounces broiled flounder with lemon
1/2 medium potato
1/2 cup broccoli
1 slice whole wheat bread
1 tsp margarine
Snacks ( 2 snacks a day in-between larger meals if needed)
3 rye wafers
1/2 cup oats wtih almond milk
1 cup popcorn
2. The Soup Scoop
People who eat soup lose more weight during weight reduction studies then people who do not.  A matter of fact, the more soup consumed, the more weight lost.
Remember, not every kind of soup can be recommended. High fat or creamy soups will raise the scale for you!
3. Stop Dreading Bread
Hard as it may seem to understand, bread can help you to lose weight. Although weight reduction was higher in the high fiber bread eaters. People who eat bread report feeling fuller, less hungry throughout the day, and those on the high fiber bread lost about 5 pounds more than those eating white bread.
4. If you eat less fat, you make less fat on your body!
It is a fact. The fat that we eat is more likely to become the fat that we store. So here is a reason to eat more bread ( which is low in fat). Just be careful what you are spreading on it.
Taken in part from: Hausman, P & Hurley, J. ( 1989). Healing Foods: The Ultimate Authority on the Curative Power of Nutrition. New York, NY. Dell Publishing

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