Don’t Ditch These ‘Fattening’ Foods When You’re on a Diet

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Most people who are trying to lose weight think they need to stay away from the foods they crave, like nuts, cheese, pasta, bread, and peanut butter. But don’t be too quick to ditch these “fattening” foods when you’re on a diet. They’re full of good-for-you nutrients like blood sugar, followed by a rebound drop, with hunger reappearing soon afterward. (Refined grains are those in which the outer shell or bran has been removed, resulting in less fiber.)

But if you choose whole grains that are also high in fiber, your body will absorb them more slowly, and you’ll feel more satisfied. Choose toppings for your whole-grain pasta, brown rice, or whole-wheat bread that are high in fiber, lean protein, and/or nutrition for WebMD and the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.