Many people believe that when it comes to dieting, you just have to make sure your calories in are less than your calories out. However, the types of calories you’re consuming make a difference too. A study published in Food & Nutrition Research found that eating a meal with whole foods allows your body to burn nearly 50% more calories than after eating a meal made with processed food. Whole foods require your body to use more energy to break down, resulting in more calories burned.*
Whole foods are foods that are unrefined and unprocessed and do not contain any added salt or fat. Unpolished grains, beans, fruits, vegetables and non-homogenized dairy products are examples of whole foods.
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