In a study where dieters were divided into two groups — one ate refined grains and the other ate only whole grains — both groups lost an equal amount of weight. However, the whole-grain group lost more belly fat. Not only that, but certain markers for metabolic syndrome, a precursor to type 2 diabetes, were also lower in the whole-grain group.
Researchers believe the high-fiber content of the whole-grain foods helped keep dieters blood-sugar levels at an even level throughout the day. Plus, whole grains are more nutrient rich and provide healthful antioxidants.
Remember to look for the whole-grain stamp on processed foods, and try whipping up a batch of quinoa for dinner. It is important to keep your waist circumference below 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men, to reduce your risk of heart disease. In fact, new data shows that strokes are on the rise in women and "spare tires" at the waistline might be to blame. So eat those whole grains!