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July 21, 2011

Healthy Foods That Make You Fat

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FAT FOOD TRAP: White rice

It takes more white rice than brown to make you feel just as satisfied. That's because white rice contains no fiber — a food component that helps you feel full. White pasta also tends to be fiber-free and less filling than whole wheat.


You might eat only 50 or 60 fewer calories when you make the switch to brown rice or pasta, but that can be enough to make a difference in weight loss, says Miller-Kovach.

FAT FOOD TRAP: 1 percent cottage cheese

At first, study participants tried incorporating low-fat, not just nonfat, products. "We don't know whether this higher-fat cottage cheese affected weight loss because of the little bit of fat it contains, or because people ate more of it," says Miller-Kovach.

WHAT TO EAT INSTEAD: Nonfat cottage cheese

Eating only the fat-free version allowed people in the study to continue losing extra weight.

FAT FOOD TRAP: Sugar-free hot chocolate

People who tried to satisfy their sweet cravings with sugar-free hot chocolate ended up drinking as many as five cups a day. "People would keep a mug on their desk and sip all day long, because they didn't think of the cocoa as a 'bad' food," says Miller-Kovach. But, of course, the calories add up.

WHAT TO EAT INSTEAD: Diet chocolate pudding

People who ate this instead of drinking cocoa stopped after a single serving, she says. "I think that people see pudding as a treat. They use it to satisfy the occasional sweet tooth, not to snack on all day."

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