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Rethink your diet

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

It may be time to rethink that diet. Losing weight is a good idea, but you may be sabotaging your dieting effort by eliminating the wrong foods.  Like peanut butter, Cleveland Clinic Dietitian Amy Jamieson-Petonic says too many people look at peanut butter and think, too much fat, too many calories. 

"Peanut butter is actually a great source of vitamins and minerals as well as those mono-unsaturated fats that really tend to help us feel fuller longer," said Jamieson-Petonic.

The key is portion control, one to two tablespoons of natural peanut butter a day will help control your hunger.  And there is no need to eliminate pasta, a cup of whole grain pasta will stabilize your blood sugar, and that's a critical component of weight loss.

And cheese is another food most think of as a big dieting no-no, but just like peanut butter and pasta you have to control the amount you're eating, only about an ounce a day.  

"Keeping cheese in the mix is a real good idea for women," says Jamieson-Petonic, "What cheese is going to give us is vitamins, minerals, protein and calcium, that's going to give us what we need. And notoriously women tend to be low in calcium."

And don't pass on the potato. French fries, sorry, don't go there. But a baked potato topped with Greek yogurt, instead of butter and sour cream, will make you feel full longer.

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