The key to weight loss is diet quality, not quantity

We have always been told that to lose weight, one should reduce the amount of calorie intake. However, a study has found that those who considered the quality of food they consumed without counting calories or limiting portion sizes, lost significant amount of weight in 1 year. Over 600 participants were separated into 2 groups – healthy low-carbohydrate and healthy low-fat diets. They reduced consumption of added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods but instead, ate more vegetables and whole foods. Participants who lost the most weight had a changed ‘relationship with food’ – they no longer ate in their cars, in front of the TV and they cooked more. Both groups also saw improvements in other health markers, such as reductions in their waist sizes, body fat, blood sugar and blood pressure levels. The bottom line is – diet quality is important for both weight control and long-term well-being.

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