When it comes to losing weight, your pantry can be your biggest ally or your biggest enemy. That’s why it’s important to rid your cabinets of temptations—bags of chips, tubs of pretzels, leftover Christmas candy—and stock your shelves with food that can help you shed pounds.
But before you dash off to Costco to stock up on economy-size cases of healthy staples, remember that research shows that when people stockpile food, they tend to eat more. Either keep those three-gallon tubs of snacks out of sight and out of mind—or divide the munchies into smaller portions.
Beyond that, while working with Cassandra Forsythe, Ph.D., R.D., and the Rodale Test Kitchen on my new book Women's Health Take It Off! Keep It Off!, I learned there are a few foods you should always keep in your kitchen if you're trying to drop pounds. Check 'em out:
(For more innovative eating strategies, a meal plan, and a time-saving cardio and strength-training routines designed to blast fat, check out the new Women’s Health book, Take It Off! Keep It Off!)