REIGN OF WHOLE GRAIN
One of the most prevalent weight-loss myths is that all calories are essentially the same. Take in too many of any calories and you’ll punch your ticket to pudgeville. But we now know that some calories work harder to keep your physique in tip-top shape. Case in point: A study in the journal Food & Nutrition Research provided volunteers either a sandwich made with multigrain bread and cheddar cheese or one made with highly processed white bread and cheese slices. Even though both meals had the same amount of total calories on paper, the less-processed sandwich meal required nearly twice as much energy to digest resulting in fewer calories being available to the body for storage. The processed sandwich used only 11 percent of the food’s calories for the needs of digestion, but the multigrain sandwich used almost 20 percent. So calorie counters take note: This is a good example of how nutrition trumps numbers tallying when it comes to winning the battle of the bulge.
Take Action: Again, this is proof that it’s harder for your digestive system to break down foods that are closer to their natural state, which can translate into calorie savings and