Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Feel Full and Keep off Weight

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Feel Full and Keep off Weight

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When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, the hard part is not about willpower, says Dr. Louis Aronne, director of a weightcontrol program at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and author of the book The Skinny. "It's about biology."

The foods we eat contain weight-regulating chemicals - and when these chemicals work properly, they trigger an area in your brain that lets you know you're full, he explains. But when the system malfunctions, the result is a problem called "fullness resistance." In other words, you have eaten enough, but you still feel hungry.

Here are the top three strategies to achieve the fullness feeling that's so important to successful weight loss:

EAT BREAKFAST. Several studies have shown that people who eat breakfast every day are better able to keep weight off. A breakfast high in lean protein such as egg whites and low-fat cheese can help you feel full while carbs like muffins, bagels and toast are more likely to boost your appetite.

EAT FILLING FOODS FIRST, FATTENING FOODS LATER. When you eat filling foods, it's easier to eat less because your brain gets the message to slow down. …

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