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Lose Weight Eating Beans: Simple Weight Loss Diet

Updated on September 17, 2013
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Time for a Change

A few months ago, my partner and I decided we needed to make some serious changes in our diets. After giving up smoking over ten years ago we both had packed on the pounds. Sixty pounds each to be exact. Yikes! The final nail in our food coffin was placed after a visit to my doctor. I was on the verge of needing blood pressure medication and my cholesterol was high. But with so many diets out there and a tight budget to boot, we had no idea where to start on our quest for a healthier lifestyle.


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Finding Help in Unexpected Places

My husband is a technology nut and one of his favourite magazines is Wired, a monthly mag that reports on new technology. And it was in this magazine that he was introduced to the wild and wacky world of Tim Ferris. (Who would have thought a techno-nerd magazine would have the secret to weight loss in it?)

Tim Ferris is a pretty polarizing personality. You either think he has some awesome ideas or that he's totally crazy. His latest book “The 4 Hour Body,” which is a follow up to his best seller “The 4 Hour Work Week” has some pretty radical ideas about diet and exercise. He has a simple approach that included drinking red wine and eating steak so my husband was in! And this is where our bean love affair and our weight loss began.

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The Journey of a Thousand Beans

I won’t go into the nuts and bolts of his eating plan, the book is a quick read for anyone who is serious about it. But here are the Coles Notes – eat a lot of beans, protein and veggies and give up bread, pasta, potatoes, rice sugar and fruit. It’s not no carb, it’s slow carb. Oh and one day a week eat whatever the heck you want. Simple right? And so we began eating beans with everything. Easily a cup with every meal instead of the starches we used to have. And you know what it worked! And is still working. (And no I don’t work for Tim Ferris or the bean farmers of America; I’m just a chubby girl trying to get healthy.)

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Magic Beans

So now I’m a total convert. Seriously beans rock! They are filled with protein and nutrients, are low in fat, and high in fiber. And they keep your blood sugar in check so you don’t feel the urge to snack constantly. The most comprehensive nutritional info I have seen on beans is at the livestrong website in case you feel the need to get all knowlegded up about them. My favs are the wee black beans. So yummy and they go with anything. I throw a little salsa on them with my morning eggs and then have them again for lunch with a little fajita spice and guac. So versatile and delicious and man do they fill me up.

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Saving the dollars!

And here’s the nice little kicker with this new eating plan, our grocery bill is actually smaller! Beans are not expensive. Making a menu plan and sticking to it saves you money. We’re two months in and over 20lbs down each. Hopefully in another 6 months I can add an update to this hub and say that we’ve finally reached our pre-smoking weight.

The Bottom Line: Losing weight doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated; you just have to find a sensible plan that works for you. Go Beans!

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      Reed 20 months ago

      my story..

      1) one gallon of water spread out during the day with green tea

      2) 15 bean soup with no oil and no salt added in the soup

      3) eggs whites

      4) no snacks, drinks or juck food. No salt and sugar for 3 months

      It very was hard at first but I did this for 3 months and lost 32 pounds with NO exercises.

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      Gio 2 years ago

      After trying all kids of diet I learn the beans diet with an uncle in my last trip to Brazil.I have lost 32 pounds in 3 1/2 months eating Pinto beans and eggs . It Really work. No exercises.

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      Terry 3 years ago

      Yes, pinto beans work too. The soluble fiber in the beans is technically the magic. And pinto beans, garbanzo, black, red, kidney, etc. they all have soluble fiber.

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      erica 3 years ago

      Can we eat pinto beans

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      Josie 3 years ago

      Hi Thundermama, thanks for the post. How are you doing with the weight loss and the beans; are they still helping?

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      Josie 3 years ago

      Hi Thundermama, thanks for the post. How are you doing with the weight loss and the beans; are they still helping?

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      Catherine Taylor 3 years ago from Canada

      Great tip, I'll check it out.

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      Terry 3 years ago

      A quick article read on why beans work do a search for the author "Karen Hurd" and the article "Why Beans Don't Give You Gas"

      Her book "And They Said It Wasn't Possible" is even more amazing!

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      Catherine Taylor 3 years ago from Canada

      Jessica, so glad you found this inspiring and congratulations on your weight loss. Wishing you continued health.

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      Jessica 3 years ago

      I have been eating black and garbanzo beans every night in my soup for dinner for the last two weeks and I've already lost weight! This article has inspired me to add beans to all my meals! Thank you :)

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      KenWu, hope it works for you. I am a year in now and have found it to be a great way to eat. It becomes second nature to add beans to all your meals after a few months. Good luck.

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      KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

      This bean thing, I think I've fallen into it. Going to see what I can do with my diet with beans.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Healthexplorer, great info, beans are truly a super food.

      Kate, it all dpends on how big the bowl is. A good rule of thumb is half a cup of beans with every meal. Don't just eat beans though a balanced diet is important.

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      Kate 4 years ago

      Is 1 bowl of beans or lentils for lunch and dinner too much?

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      So true Express10, black beans are always cooking away in my slow cooker. So versatile, so yummy, so filling.

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      Black beans are my favorite as is a bean soup mix by Bob's Red Mill. Once I started making large batches of soups, sides, etc., these have really become a satisfying and easy way to help me maintain my weight.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      My family loves beans but we do not eat them nearly enough. I will cook a big pot of beans and have them several times a day. We actually only eat dinner together because I am not a breakfast person. I can have beans for lunch and we all can have them with dinner. thanks for the tips.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      I've heard great things about the alternating day diet. I'm find I'm too all or nothing to make it work. Good luck and thanks for reading.

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      Bev 4 years ago from Wales

      Fascinating! I might have to look into this, Currently doing the Alternate Day diet, which is pretty good. Maybe adding beans into the eating days would help things along a little. Thanks for the info! Voted up.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks MarleneB!I enjoyed the 4-Hour Work Week as well. So glad you're finding some useful info in my hubs. Beans are constantly cooking in my crock pot. It's just a way of life now for my husband and I and we feel so much healthier because of it.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I read Tim Feris' book about the 4-Hour Work Week and felt he was on to something there. The 4-Hour Body is intriguing. I like beans. In fact, I think I'll start some in the crock pot this morning. Thanks for the idea. I never thought about eating beans with every meal. If it is a means for helping me lose weight - I'm all in! Thank you for another one of your wonderful ideas.

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for all the comments. My bean journey continues and I'm loving it. Never felt healthier and love have versatile they are for cooking!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Cool. I don't know if I could give up potatoes! But I do love beans and could eat them every day. They ARE cheap and healthy. enjoyed this hub. Voted up, interesting, useful!

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      sisterofdummy 5 years ago

      Wow. I eat beans often but never knew their benefit!

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      wolfshadow 5 years ago

      I love beans but I've never thought about eating them to lose weight. Sounds like a good way to go the next time I start a diet. Thanks.