10 Ways Your Diet Should Change After 40, According To Nutritionists

If you haven't jumped aboard the quinoa (an edible starchy seed that's considered to be a whole grain) bandwagon, now’s the time. “It’s more important than ever to choose the whole grains. Refined grains lead to energy crashes which, in turn, lead to sugar cravings and overeating that will quickly lead to weight gain,” say Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos, authors of The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure. In fact, a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that dieters who ate whole grains lost more belly fat than those who ate refined grains. Bonus: Quinoa also offers protein and fiber which work together to keep energy levels steady and ward off crashes.