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You may have tried a diet or two in hopes of dropping pounds. But a new Harvard study has uncovered a no-diet way to shed: adding certain foods to your day while nixing others can slim you.
Researchers analyzed eating habits and gains and losses over several years. Based on their findings, we mapped out a sample day that'll lead to weight loss.
Keep up this eating style, and you'll ditch up to 5 pounds in a year.
Rise 'n' shine. Forgo your usual O.J. and scone.
You'll lose: .28 pounds a year. The combo of juice and a giant scone each day would pack it on.
At the cafe bag up a yogurt parfait for breakfast.
You'll lose: .41 pounds a year. Every additional daily serving of whole grains can peel off .09 pounds over a year. A serving of fruit helps you shed another .12 pounds; a daily dose of yogurt leads to a .2-pound loss.
Hungry again? Nibble on a bowl of blueberries.
You'll lose: .24 pounds a year. Two extra servings of fruit daily means another .24 pounds lost this year.
Step away from the supersize soda. Swap for a diet one.
You'll lose: 1 pound a year. For every regular serving of sugary drink you down daily, you could gain .25 pounds.
Learn what to eat and what to skip for rest of your day, when you read more.
Deli dilemma: Ham or pastrami? Neither. Skip cold cuts on white bread. Pass up the cheese, too.
You'll lose: .44 pounds a year. A daily serving of cold cuts adds on .23 pounds a year. Cheese and white bread also set you back. If you crave a sammy, have one with turkey breast and veggies instead.
Hold the potato chips!
You'll lose: .42 pounds a year. In the study, potato chips were one of the biggest offenders, causing .42 pounds of weight gain per year if eaten every day.
Pick up a vegetable stir-fry from your favorite takeout restaurant.
You'll lose: .18 pounds a year. A daily serving of veggies leads to .06 pounds lost in a year; so any meals, like stir-fry, that offer three or more servings are golden.
Dodge the vending-machine munchies and grab a banana.
You'll lose: .12 pounds a year
Snack on almonds.
You'll lose: .28 pounds a year. Two servings daily is what it takes.
Quench commute thirst with water, not a sugary sports drink.
You'll lose: .5 pounds a year
Steak? Go easy on it, research says.
You'll lose: .72 pounds a year. A daily serving of red meat can pack on .24 pounds in a year; many steak entrees are three or more servings.
On tonight's menu: Brown-rice veggie sushi. So good!
You'll lose: .15 pounds a year. Each serving of whole grains will help you drop an extra .09 pounds this year; a serving of veggies can help you shed .06 pounds.
Pass on the ice cream and cookies for dessert.
You'll lose: .4 pounds a year. Big helpings can set you back .2 pounds yearly per sweet treat.
Toast your success with a glass of wine. Of all the indulgences studied, alcohol had one of the smallest associated gains.
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