Wish you could enjoy your favorite foods without gaining weight? Actually, you can if you follow these “laws of leanness.” Here’s what you need to know, according to Matt Goulding and David Zinczenko – the guys who wrote Eat This, Not That:

  • Lean Law #1: DON’T go on diets. Several studies have shown that the best predictor of future weight gain is being on a diet now. Because restricting calories reduces muscle mass.  And muscle is your body’s number one calorie burner! Plus, when you’re focused on keeping track of every calorie you eat, you tend to feel more stress, which has been linked to increased weight gain! So, instead, focus on adding more fiber to your meals – in the form of fruits and vegetables. Because fiber makes you feel fuller, longer and helps you burn more fat.

  • Lean Law #2: Skip eating “fat-free” foods. A recent study found that people who only ate “fat free” foods had the same risk of being overweight as those who ate whatever they wanted! Why? First, low fat foods tend to add extra sugar, which boosts your cravings.  Meaning the more “fat-free” foods you eat, the more likely you’ll be to run back for seconds.  Also, your body needs fat to help you process nutrients – like vitamins A, D and E.  So, completely eliminating fat isn’t good for you.

  • One more Lean Law: Eat your meals at a TABLE. A Cornell study found that when people sat down at a table to eat, they ate up to 35 percent less than when they sat on a couch in the living room, for example. Why? Researchers say that when you’re sitting at a table, you tend to eat more slowly, and have more time to savor your meals. That causes your body to pump out more hormones that make you feel full and satisfied.