Diet, weight loss and slimming are also associated with decreased calorie intake. The first thing someone advises when you ask them for a weight loss suggestion is to cut down on your food portions. A new study by renowned researches might turn the table upside down as it has found that people who eat plenty of healthy foods without worrying about portion control or calorie count while avoiding foods that contain added sugars, refined grains and the highly processed ones showed increased weight loss over a one-year period.
Also, this strategy worked for both sets of people-ones who followed a healthy low-fat diet or a healthy low-carbohydrate diet. We should also be aware of the fact that the strategy worked irrespective of the insulin-response or genetic code which again disproves the increasingly popular idea that diets should be recommended based on a person’s DNA code or his/her carbs/fat-tolerance level. If you are surprised by the same weight loss measures obtained through a low-fat or a low-carb diet which proves that both diets are equals, visit the website www.firsteatright.com for the actual study.
Continuous research on dietary guidelines proves that calories do matter but relying on food quality is as important and integral to promote weight loss/prevent weight gain. Buy high-quality, healthy foods and minimize intake of low-quality foods. High and low quality don’t refer to the amount spent or purchasing power of the customer but refer to the types of food. By ‘high’ quality foods, we mean those foods that are minimally processed such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, unrefined and those that contain healthy proteins/fats. By ‘low’ quality we include all those that highly processed snack foods, sugar-sweetened beverages, refined grains, refined sugars, fried foods, those foods high in saturated/trans fats and high-glycemic index foods such as potatoes.
While researchers are trying to arrive at the best diet plan based on the three macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrates), comparing each of the diets that ask individuals to add varying proportion of these nutrients and their effect on weight loss, evidences are still abstract which leaves the researchers with no proper concluding results.
We need to remember that there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet for all as every individual is different with a unique lifestyle, height, weight, body composition and environmental factors. It depends on the person to choose a healthy and workable diet plan that is flavorful, tasty and diverse.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.