For Weight Loss, What You Eat Is More Important Than How Much To Eat, Study Finds

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For Weight Loss, What You Eat Is More Important Than How Much To Eat, Study Finds

Written by: Kat Gal

Calories in, calories out. Easy-peasy. The secret to weight loss is eating fewer calories.

FALSE.

The diet industry has been selling you the same lie that calories are equal and you must eat less to weigh less. If you are sick of counting calories or points, limiting your portions and starving yourself without results, I have good news for you.

Recent research published in JAMA has found that it is about the QUALITY of the food you eat, not the quantity. People who cut back on highly processed foods, added sugar and refined grains and focus on vegetables and whole foods instead can have better success in losing a significant amount of weight over the course of a year.

The Study

Stanford researchers monitored the diets and studied the progress of more than 600 overweight adults. The subjects who did not focus on calorie counting and calorie reduction lost anywhere from 15 to 60 pounds, or an average of 12 pounds over the course of a year. Participants also underwent genetic testing to rule out any cause of genetic advantage to weight loss.

Participants were not provided with food. They were randomly assigned to watch their fat or carbohydrate intake. They were also provided with health education classes to learn how to shop, cook and eat, focusing on high nutrients rather than calories. Physical activity was also encouraged.

Turns out that without actually counting their calories, but focusing on nutrients, both groups have cut their intakes by an average of about 500 calories. Eating low-fat or low-carb had no affect on their weight loss results.

The most important finding is that participants who ate the least amount of processed foods, sugary drinks and unhealthy fat AND ate the most vegetables experienced the most weight loss.

It may seem like common sense that reducing sugar and processed foods and adding healthy and minimally foods like vegetables will help weight loss naturally. Yet the diet industry is trying to sell you on gimmicks, fad diets and magic bullets for weight loss.

Stop believing fads! A growing number of research is questioning their validity. Fads don’t lead to sustained weight loss, they more often lead to no results or yo-yo dieting. They may even result in health issues.

What Should You Do Instead?

Focus on nutrition instead! Carbs are not bad. Fats are not bad. IF they come from healthy sources.

Sure, a carb- and fat-filled processed candy bar or fat drenched fast food burger with a white bun is bad for you: it is processed and unnatural and can lead to weight gain and health issues.

On the other hand, avocados, coconut oil, cashew nuts and chia seeds are all healthy sources of fats. Fruits, sweet root vegetables and minimally processed whole grains are healthy sources of carbs. Good fats and good carbs from healthy whole food sources are good for you!

So how do you lose weight in a healthy way without starving and counting calories? It’s simple: eat whole foods. Your prescription is plenty of greens, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, beans and if you wish, a limited amount of organic animal products.

To help your weight loss goals, add a daily glass of Organifi Red to the mix. It not only can boost your metabolism, but also support you with antioxidants and boost your brain power.

Commit to adding more veggies to your life today and don’t be surprised about needing smaller pants soon!

How has adding more healthy foods to your life benefited your health? Have you lost a significant amount of weight recently? Share away! We want to hear your stories.

And remember, we’re in this together.

Kat Gal

Kat Gal

Professional Holistic Health Writer at Kat Gal Holistic Health Writer
Kat Gál is a professional holistic health writer who helps health, wellness and nutrition businesses to market their products and services through quality online content. She is also a Certified Holistic Health & Life Coach. Kat is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. Reach out if you are looking for amazing blog content at katgalwriter@gmail.com.
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