San Franscisco State University professor emeritus and health educator, Dr. Susan Tapper, shares her best tip for dieting:
"Eat healthy foods and eat more. These are the foods that deliver important nutrients to support all your body functions and that help keep your weight healthy and level.
"That's right, you can eat more! Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and you will be able to eat much more and feel satisfied by doing so. Let's look at one way to make enlightened eating choices.
"Compare a cup of pinto beans to a five-ounce steak. The cup gives you 265 calories. The steak is 300 calories. That is a 35 calorie difference. That's a small caloric difference. The beans give 15 grams of protein to the steak's 44. "Oh," you say, "let's go with the steak." Before you rush to your local butcher for that filet, let's zoom in on this issue.
"With three cups of beans you get 45 grams of protein. You've equalized the protein count of the steak. You do this without adding to your dreaded cholesterol count. The steak delivers 120 milligrams of cholesterol and 12 grams of fat. The steak provides other nutrients as well, but doesn't stack up against the bean's complex carbohydrates advantage. Your beans give you 26 grams of complex carbohydrates, 15 grams of dietary fiber, one gram of fat, plus other nutrients. Eating foods that are lower in calories (lower energy dense foods) is normally healthy. Moreover, the beans will give you a sensation of satiety. Feeling full helps take away biological urges to eat more. Bottom of Form