The Familiar Food Linked To Weight Loss

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People in the studies lost
weight without dieting or changing their lifestyle.
Eating beans, peas, lentils
and chickpeas all help people lose weight, a review of the research finds.
People in the studies lost
weight by adding a single daily serving of these foods, without making any
other changes to their diet or lifestyle.
In other words, they did not
reduce their calorie intake, skip meals or track what they ate.
They just added around
three-quarters of a cup of these foods to what they normally ate each day.
The group of foods, known as
pulses, are effective because they increase feelings of fullness by 31%,
studies show.
Other pulses include:

  • Runner beans,
  • black-eyed peas,
  • broad beans,
  • kidney beans,
  • and butter beans.
Dr Russell de Souza, who led
the Canadian study, said:
“Despite their known health
benefits, only 13 per cent of Canadians eat pulses on any given day and most do
not eat the full serving. 
So there is room for most of
us to incorporate dietary pulses in our diet and realize potential weight
management benefits.”
The research analysed the
results of 21 separate clinical trials.
The combined results showed
that people lost an average of a half-a-pound in six weeks, without dieting.
Pulses have a low glycemic
index, meaning the body takes a while to break them down.
This helps people feel more
full, said Dr de Souza:
“This new study fits well with
our previous work, which found that pulses increased the feeling of fullness by
31 per cent, which may indeed result in less food intake.”
Pulses have the added benefit
of reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in the body by around 5 percent.
They also lower the risk of
cardiovascular disease.
Dr de Souza said:
“Though the weight loss was
small, our findings suggest that simply including pulses in your diet may help
you lose weight, and we think more importantly, prevent you from gaining it
back after you lose it.”
About the author

Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD
is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from
University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about
scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book
“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” 

(Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks:
The study was published in the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Kim et al., 2016).

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.