Time for a two-piece? No need to starve. Just munch daily on these eats to look and feel your best.
By Linda Wasmer Andrews
To banish bloatReach for Calcium-packed foods
How much 1,000 milligrams calcium
Researchers aren't sure why, but consuming high-calcium foods before you bare (nearly) all may help deflate PMS puffiness as well as the bloat that results from eating salty foods, says Toby Smithson, R.D., a spokeswoman in Waukegan, Illinois, for the American Dietetic Association. PMS bloating may occur when levels of calcium and vitamin D-which can fluctuate during your cycle-are low. To hit the RDA, try combos of 1 cup lowfat milk (290 mg calcium), 8 ounces lowfat plain yogurt (415 mg calcium) and 2 1/2 oz lowfat cheddar (295 mg calcium).
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To fight fatReach for Almonds
How much 1/4 cup
A delicious way to whittle your middle? Nosh on nuts! Research shows that when almonds replace less healthful foods, dieters can lose more weight and trim more inches from their waistline-even though, ounce for ounce, almonds often have more calories and fat than other bites. The nuts' healthy fat keeps you satisfied, staving off future snack attacks.
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To feel fullReach for Water-rich fruit and veggies
How much 2 cups
Drink up, and grab foods such as melon and tomatoes, which are more than 90 percent water, so they count toward your total fluid intake, says Matthew Ganio, Ph.D., of the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Juicy fruit and vegetables with high water content fill you up for very few calories, so dig in!
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