Are you looking to reduce those love handles but without the hunger discomfort? Then including a daily dose of beans and pulses seems like a possible way to go.
In a paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the authors wanted to investigate the effects of dietary pulse consumption on body weight. They did this by performing a meta analysis of 21 trials that gave people beans or pulses as part of their diet for at least 3 weeks.
They found that there was a significant weight reduction in the people that had pulses added to their diet. This effect was not only seen in energy deficient diets (weight loss diets) but also in energy neutral diets.
They say that further studies are needed but that this demonstrates that adding pulses to your diets is a viable modest weight loss strategy.
If you cast your mind back to a blog of ours from 2 years ago you’ll remember that pulses can also reduce your LDL cholesterol (although there were some complaints about increased bodily gas production).