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WAYS TO SLIM DOWN YOUR MEALS: FILL UP WITH FIBRE

Eating foods with fibre helps to take the edge off hunger and to reach satiety by "filling" you up without loading you with calories (fibre is indigestible). Add fibre to your diet in a variety of ways:

Sprinkle bran on soups, on sandwiches, on sliced fruit... on just about anything your imagination and inclination suggest.

Make chappattis, pancakes, cakes and muffins with wholewheat flour (available in packaged form in the Indian market).

Try a wholegrain breakfast cereal. It doesn't have to be 100 per cent bran.

Buy baked goods made with whole grains such as rye breads, crackwheat bread or oatmeal muffins.

Add cooked dry beans, peas or lentils to your favourite soups, curries, stir-fries and salads.

Eat fruits and vegetables with their peels: guavas, apples, peaches, sapota (chikoo), tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers.

Eat fresh fruit or stewed fruit, instead of drinking fruit juice.

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