5. Make friends with quinoa
If you haven’t tried this edible starchy seed, maybe now’s the time. “It’s more important than ever to choose the whole grains. Refined grains lead to energy crashes which, in turn, lead to sugar cravings and overeating that will quickly lead to weight gain,” say Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos, authors of The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure.
In fact, a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who ate whole grains lost more belly fat than those who ate refined grains. As a bonus, quinoa offers protein and fiber which work awesome together to keep your energy levels steady.