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More People Turning To Peanut Butter To Help Lose Weight

Posted January 8, 2002

— How would you like to eat peanut butter and still lose weight? Researchers believe that they have found a way.

With 190 calories and 16 grams of fat per serving, how can you lose weight eating

peanut butter

? Holly McCord, a registered dietitian at Prevention Magazine, developed the diet.

"The diet is really the Mediterranean Diet -- the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet for American taste buds," she said.

Peanut butter is high in fat, but look closely at its label. Peanut butter contains monounsaturated fat, also known as "good fats." Still, that is not a green light to eat all the peanut butter you want.

"For heavens sake, just don't sit down with a jar and spoon and start going to town," she said.

The peanut butter diet lets women have four tablespoons of peanut butter a day, which is about two sandwiches worth of peanut butter. Men get six tablespoons or three sandwiches. Just remember that the bread will be additional calories.

Instead, McCord recommends incorporating your peanut butter allotment into snacks and preparing meals with it.

"Foods like fruits and vegetables, lots of salads, smaller portions of lean meats and whole grains," she said.

McCord believes the secret to success is all in the taste.

"It tastes wonderful. It stays with you," she said.

Most peanut butter dieters tend to stick with it longer and lose more weight.

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