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You had three sushi rolls, edamame and miso soup. So why are you ready for a second dinner at 9 p.m.? Eat smarter by avoiding these eight secret culprits.
Snaps for eating a healthy breakfast, but yolks aren’t the enemy. Most people can eat up to seven (whole) eggs a week without an increase in cholesterol, so let the extra vitamins, minerals and protein in the yolk fill you up.
OK, it’s not exactly as addictive as crack, but the casein in cheese does affect opioid and dopamine receptors in the brain in the same way heroin or morphine does (meaning you’ll want more). Instead, load your pizza with veggies to make sure you’re filled up.
Why can you polish off four California rolls in one sitting? It’s the white rice. Simple carbohydrates are quickly broken down into sugar, making you hungry again. Try rolls with brown or black rice instead—and order half as much.
You know those fruit-on-the-bottom yogurts? Nearly all of them contain added sugar. Add your own fruit and nuts to plain Greek yogurt instead and you’ll get a breakfast that is packed with protein and keeps you full all morning.
One hundred percent fruit juice, cold-pressed, smoothies, whatever. Fruit is extremely high in sugar, and when you remove the fiber found in whole fruits like apples and pears, it may cause your blood sugar to spike. Eat your apple sliced instead for a more satisfying snack.
Lucky Charms and Golden Grahams are full of—you guessed it—refined carbohydrates. Swap your cereal for oatmeal with raisins and walnuts and you’ll be satisfied until lunchtime, we promise.
High-sodium foods cause dehydration—and according to a study by nutrition scientist Richard D. Mattes, we aren’t always able to distinguish between the sensations of hunger and thirst. Veggies and hummus? Much more filling.
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