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My girl­friend cred­its her re­cent 37-pound weight loss to swap­ping in mush­rooms for half the ground meat in her bolog­nese, lasagna and taco recipes. I’d love re­sults like that! Could it work for me?


Ab­so­lutely! Mush­rooms con­tain 3 grams of pro­tein and a bevy of plant com­pounds shown to fire up me­tab­o­lism and strengthen im­mu­nity—all for just 21 calo­ries per cup. And since th­ese veg­e­tar­ian de­lights have a rich umami fla­vor and chewy mouth­feel rem­i­nis­cent of ground beef, it’s easy to use them to sat­isfy crav­ings for hearty, meaty dishes for a frac­tion of the calo­ries. The proof: In a study at Johns Hopkins Univer­sity in Bal­ti­more, sub­jects who ate 1 cup of mush­rooms in place of meat daily con­sumed 123 fewer calo­ries per day and lost an av­er­age of 7 pounds and 2.6 belly inches in six months with­out mak­ing any other diet changes. Even bet­ter, some women, like your friend, re­port this strat­egy helps them lose even faster—up to 3 pounds per week.

To get the ben­e­fits, sub in 11⁄2 lbs. of diced, sautéed mush­rooms for each pound of ground beef called for in your fa­vorite recipes.

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