OKLAHOMA -- Diets are hard to follow, and there are so many options; how are you supposed to know which ones will actually help you see results?
The answer may be simpler than you think.
Scientists say the order in which you eat your food is actually more important than eliminating key food groups, likes carbs.
Starting a meal by eating vegetables and protein, and finishing it with carbohydrates, keeps us fuller than if we ate the same foods in the reverse order.
This is because protein slows down the release of sugar from carbohydrates into the blood stream, preventing a sugar 'high' and then crash - and hunger pangs.
Doctors say this manner of eating is most significant for diabetics who must maintain a tight control over their blood sugar levels.
"Overweight and obese people with type 2 diabetes may feel better after a meal if they start if off with vegetables or proteins and end with carbs," they reported.
Doctors who wrote in the journal Diabetes Care said, "Finishing with broccoli and chicken before tucking into bread and fruit juice was tied to a lower rise in blood sugar levels over the next two hours, compared to eating the same foods in the opposite order."