Cleaning up your diet starts with scouring your kitsch for items laced with added sweeteners. A 2013 report in the American Journal of Public Health followed nearly 5,000 men and women over 30 years and found that participants’ calorie intake from added sugars increased by about 50 percent during that time period. As sugar consumption increased, so did waist measurements. “Sweeteners deliver empty calories and encourage overeating,” says Chris Mohr, Ph.D., R.D. a sports nutritionist in Louisville, “both of which lead to weight gain.”
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Scan ingredients on packaged foods and choose those with little if any added sweeteners. Replace sugary breakfast cereals, flared yogurts, and reduced-fat peanut butter (which often swaps fat for sugar) with steel-cut oats, plain yogurt, and natural nut butter.