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Having a difficult time losing weight?

Get rid of the white bread. “Even though white bread and white pasta may taste better than whole wheat, that’s where the pros end for white flour foods,” says Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CDN, CPT, and CEO of New York Nutrition Group in New York City. “White flour is processed wheat that has all of the wheat grains’ best attributes, like fiber and antioxidants, stripped away. As a result, you’re left with something that might have a better taste and texture, but is incredibly low in nutrient quality.” What’s worse, because white flour has little to no fiber, which actually slows down digestion, your body breaks it down more quickly than whole wheat goods. “The body does not have to burn any extra calories to try to break down these easy-to-digest-foods, leaving your metabolism operating at a slower level,” explains Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD, CEO of F-Factor in New York City. “Foods that are high in fiber like whole wheat bread ramp up your metabolism due to the extra work required to try and break down the indigestible fiber.”

 

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