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Quality over Quantity for Successful Weight Loss

By on Dec 21, 2011

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Scientists have discovered that the quality of food that you eat, rather than the quantity of food has the biggest impact on successful weight loss. They also found that diet has a bigger influence on weight loss than exercise or sleep.

The study was led by Professor Frank Hu, a nutrition expert at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. He said that the findings of this study underline the importance of making wise food choices in preventing weight loss and obesity.

The team of scientists found that the key to weight loss was not just based on focusing on calories. They recommended focusing on the quality of foods, especially carbohydrates. Other recommendations were:

Cut out: potatoes, sweetened drinks, refined grains such as white bread, white rice, processed foods and cereals low in fibre.

The quality of food can affect the rate of weightlossEat more: fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, yoghurt.

The results of this study are based on the results from three large-scale studies of US health workers, the Nurses’ Health Study, the Nurses’ Health Study II, and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

Professor Frank Hu said: ‘These findings underscore the importance of making wise food choices in preventing weight gain and obesity”. He also said that idea that there are no good or bad foods is a false myth.

The studies monitored the health of more than 100,000 individuals for up to 20 years. All of the participants were initially free of chronic disease and were not obese. The participants gained an average of 3.35lbs, resulting in nearly 17lbs over the 20 year period. The scientists found that increased daily consumption of certain foods were associated with the largest amount of weight gain. These “bad” foods include sugary drinks and crisps.

Certain foods actually lowered weight gain with increased consumption. These include nuts, vegetables, whole grains and fruits. As you might expect exercise also reduced weight gain, whilst alcohol consumption increased weight gain.

Co-author of the study Dr Dariush Mozaffarian, from the Harvard School of Public Health said that on average an adult gains around one pound every year.

He continued, ‘Because the weight gain is so gradual and occurs over many years, it has been difficult for scientists and for individuals themselves to understand the specific factors that may be responsible.

‘Small dietary and other lifestyle changes can together make a big difference – for bad or good. This makes it easy to gain weight unintentionally, but also demonstrates the tremendous opportunity for prevention. A handful of the right lifestyle changes will go a long way.’

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