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No Grain, No Gain

Weight loss has become a cultural obsession; these days, it seems that diet fads vanish as quickly as they appear. A study published in the November 2003 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, however, shows that weight loss might be as simple as eating a diet rich in whole-grain foods.

Researchers evaluated the eating habits of 75,000 U.S. female nurses ages 38-63 during a 12-year period. The study found that women who consumed more high-fiber whole-grain foods, including brown rice, whole-grain breads and whole-grain cereals, were 49 percent less likely to gain weight and, on average, nine pounds lighter than their non grain-eating counterparts.

But that's not all: Other studies have shown that a diet consisting of whole-grain foods can lower your risk for developing heart disease. So, ditch those sugary cereals and refined breads and replace them with whole-grain options; while you're at it, trash the junk food like chips and cookies. You'll feel better, lose weight, and your heart will thank you for it.


Liu S, Willett W, Manson JE, et al. Relation between changes in intakes of dietary fiber and grain products and changes in weight and development of obesity among middle-aged women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition November 2003:78(5), pp 920-27.

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