We all know the importance of following a healthy diet full of fruit and veg and limiting our intake of chocolate, crisps and cake.

But even so, it can be disheartening stepping on those scales after a week or two of eating well only to find that the numbers haven't changed - or worse, you've actually put on weight.

You might wonder how this is possible as you resolve to bring back the jaffa cakes as soon as possible.

However, new research has insisted that the healthy living plans should stay in place, because consuming low energy density (ED) foods - or those that contain the least amount of calories - is linked to consistent weight loss.

A review published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found sticking to a low ED diet can help adults, children and teenagers shed the excess pounds.

Lead investigator Rafael Perez-Escamilla of Yale University commented: "The conclusions reached in our review strengthen the recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines to consume such foods as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean animal protein sources, which are generally lower in ED, while lowering consumption of total fat, saturated fat, and added sugars, which increase ED of foods."

Meanwhile, acupuncturist and founder of Healingthewholeyou.co.uk Gerda Ankenbauer-Spetch has explained how eating healthy foods can limit the spread of cellulite.
She pointed out that in Chinese traditional medicine, 'orange peel' skin is seen as the stagnation of damp and fatty tissue.

"With regards to diet, patients are advised to avoid fatty foods and full-fat dairy produce, refined carbohydrates and sugary foods (honey is permitted) as well as raw and cold foods like salads," she said.

"There is also some evidence that caffeine can contribute to the formation of cellulite, hence coffee, tea and other caffeinated drinks should be avoided."

Posted by Matilda Jones