Looking to Lose Weight? Try Eating More Pulses

We know that sounds kind of vampire-y, but it's not, we promise.

Did you know that we're currently living in the International Year of Pulses, as designated by the United Nations? No? Well get out your kazoos and party hats, because pulses are definitely worth celebrating. And new reasons to appreciate them keep popping up: The latest is a March 2016 review of 21 studies found that adults who added a daily serving of pulses to their otherwise unchanged diets lost weight.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

But let's slow down for a second: What are pulses? They're legumes that grow inside a pod and are harvested for dry grain — think dried beans, peas, chickpeas, and lentils. Pulses are great sources of fiber, protein, and a handful of other nutrients like iron and zinc. They also contain phytochemicals, which may help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Put simply, now's the perfect time to rekindle your relationship with beans.

More From Weight Loss
20 articles
cooking tricks
42 Tricks Trim Cooks Know
comfort recipes
3 Recipes That Helped These Women Lose 209 Pounds
nurses
3 Nurses Share How They Got Healthy
oprah weight loss
The Simple Trick That Helped Oprah Lose 42 Pounds
weight-loss resolutions
20 Ways to Make 2017 the Year You Lose the Weight

How many pulses do you actually need to eat to see weight-loss results? In the review, adding about 3/4 cup (130 grams) of pulses each day led to an average weight loss of .75 pounds over a six week period. That might not sound like much, but when you consider that the studies' participants didn't do anything else to try to lose weight during that time, it makes sense to chew on some chickpeas.

If you're not sure how to incorporate pulses into your diet, don't fret. Dr. Oz loves to purée them to spread on sandwiches, turn them into different types of hummus, toss them into salads for texture, add them into soups, or sneak them into brownies. His dessert recommendation? Use a 15-ounce can of black beans in place of a cup of the recipe's flour.

More from Dr Oz The Good Life: