Quality vs. Quantity: Key to Weight Loss

In a newly published article in the New York Times by Anahad O’conor,(The Key to Weight Loss Is Diet Quality, Not Quantity, a New Study Finds) she discusses the importance of diet quality, not quantity! When trying to lose weight, many people are always counting calories and trying to lose weight by eating less food while forgetting to pay attention to what types of foods they need to be eating. As O’Connor mentions, what we knew about losing weight maybe wrong. “Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows that the standard prescription for weight loss is to reduce the amount of calories you consume. But a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, may turn that advice on its head. It found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods while concentrating on eating plenty of vegetables and whole foods — without worrying about counting calories or limiting portion sizes — lost significant amounts of weight over the course of a year.”

What to Avoid
Perhaps it’s time to tell people who want to lose weight to avoid certain foods because of their lack of quality. For example, foods such as white breads, bakeries filled with sugar, highly processed foods from fastfood restaurants and deep fried foods that are too oily are what we need to avoid in order to lose weight. When these types of foods are avoided or significantly decreased, we will be able to see positive changes to our overall health. When we consume nutritious foods such as eggs, fruits and vegetables and home cooked meals with very little sugar and salt and cut out all the other junk foods, the weight will effortlessly come off.

Lose weight and gain good health
There are so many benefits to avoiding processed and unhealthy foods. So instead of counting calories, just eat healthy variety of foods and forget the calorie count. That way, you’ll lose the weight without stressing over how many calories you consumed or didn’t consume, and you’ll be healthier as well.

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