Are you tired of your set meal plans and workout routines that have become the be-all, and end-all of your weight loss program? Well, we don’t blame you. While healthy eating can work wonders for your waistline, there’s possibly a good chance that one more bite of a hearty green salad is going to throw you over the edge and make you want to binge on all things fatty.

But, before you fly-off the rails you need to pay attention to this new study. Published in the journal Obesity, researchers claim that being a little experimental with one’s eating habits could prove to be a sure-fire recipe to losing weight, rather than sticking to healthy food on a daily basis.

Counter-intuitive as it may seem, researchers have found that adventurous eaters, known as “foodies”, weigh less and may be healthier than their less-adventurous counterparts.

The study, involving over 500 women across the US, showed that those who had eaten the widest variety of uncommon foods—including seitan, beef tongue, Kimchi, rabbit, and polenta—also rated themselves as healthier eaters, more physically active and more concerned with the healthiness of their food when compared with less-adventurous eaters.

“These findings are important to dieters because they show that promoting adventurous eating may provide a way for people—especially women—to lose or maintain weight without feeling restricted by a strict diet,” said study co-author Brian Wansink, author of the book Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life.

“They also reported being much more likely to have friends over for dinner,” said lead author Lara Latimer from the University of Texas.

So what are you waiting for? We’re feeling like some Thai food tonight. Would you care to join us?

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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.