WORLDWIDE OBESITY RANKING: 84 WHAT THEY DO: EAT TONS OF BEANS
WHY IT WORKS: In Brazil, lunch isn’t a burger and chips – it’s beans and rice. Brazilians get about 10 percent of their calories from beans and legumes, versus 1 percent for Americans, according to a report
Nutrition Journal. In one study, people who ate legumes daily lost more weight than those who didn’t. It’s all about the filling fibre and protein. And because legumes are chewy, you end up eating less and staying satisfied.
STEAL IT: Make a quick salad of lentils, chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, and parsley, says San Diego dietitian Erin Peisach, R.D.N.. Or heat up a can of Amy’s Organic lentil soup. At dinner, use lentil or bean pasta in place of the regular kind.