Eat More to Lose Weight? Yes Please!

If you thought the key to weight loss was cutting out certain food groups, you're wrong! Certified dietician Keri Glassman wrote in Women's Health that you should actually focus on eating more nutrient-dense foods — that way, you can still indulge in your favorite treats in order to stay sane. She has these five genius tips on how to eat more in order to lose weight.

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Load up on fiber. Fiber and weight loss have been partners in crime since forever. Studies have shown high-fiber foods usually require more chewing, which allows more time for your brain to realize that your belly is getting full. Fiber also helps your body digest food and absorb sugar more slowly, and that helps you feel satiated. Research also shows that people who have a high-fiber diet usually weigh less, which makes sense because those foods are generally low-calorie and unprocessed. So ramp up your fiber intake by adding a piece of fruit to your breakfast, one cup of sliced veggies to your sandwich or soup at lunch, and two veggies to your dinner (like a mixed green salad and roasted asparagus).

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Make H2O-rich foods your go-tos. In addition to adding fiber-packed foods to every meal, it's also important to frequently nosh on foods that contain a ton of water, like watermelon, cucumber, zucchini, strawberries, cantaloupe, broccoli and even yogurt. These fill up your stomach and keep you hydrated for the day. Remember: When you're hydrated, you're less likely to mistake thirst for a case of the munchies. On top of all of that, they're also low in calories. To keep your belly full without consuming a ton of cals, have yogurt or watermelon as a snack or whip up a smoothie with melon, strawberries, and ice for a post-meal or mid-day treat. You can also help curb your pasta cravings by indulging in a giant bowl of zucchini noodles that have the same pasta look without the crazy pasta calories. Eat your heart out.

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Eat breakfast like a boss. Eating breakfast has been associated with weight loss for quite some time. Eating a morning meal has been shown to keep the hunger hormone ghrelin at bay, which means you won't be starving before and after lunch. Eating breakfast also fires up your metabolism and tells your body it's okay to start burning calories at full speed ahead. And finally, some research suggests that eating eggs for breakfast can decrease the amount of calories you eat all day. So if you love breakfast, don't sacrifice your favorite meal to save extra calories — it might end up backfiring. Set your alarm to make time for Ezekiel toast with a hard boiled egg, a slice of tomato and a drizzle of olive oil — and have a cup of berries on the side.

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To see the rest of Glassman's tips, click here to read the original article from Women's Health.