Study reveals secret to simple weight loss

New research has revealed the secret to achieving significant weight.

Study reveals secret to weight loss

New research has revealed the secret to achieving significant weight loss by changing the way you eat, but not the quantities.

The study was conducted by the Stanford Prevention Research Centre through $8 million in funding. Results showed significant weight loss over the course of a year for its 600 participants by removing sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods from their diets and having participants concentrate on eating lots of vegetables and whole foods. 

The research which was published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association and found that one year of focusing on food quality, not calories, resulted in substantial weight loss. The two control groups, one low-fat and one low-carb lost a combined 3300kg over the year, averaging 5.5kg per participant. The low-carb group on average lost slightly more than the low-fat group, but both achieved amazing results.

The research has also revealed that the success of this study did not appear to be influenced by genetics or insulin-response to carbohydrates and that neither counting calories or limiting portion sizes was a factor in the results.  Participants were encouraged to meet federal guidelines for physical activity but did not generally increase the levels of exercise throughout the study period.

The message to come out of the research was that diet quality, not quantity, helps people lose and manage weight. Not only did both groups lose weight, they saw improvements in other health markers such as waist sizes, blood-sugar and blood-pressure levels and of course body fat.

The low-carb group ate nutritious foods such as vegetables, nut butters, nuts, seeds, hard cheeses, salmon, avocados, olive oil and grass-fed/pasture-raised animal foods.

The low-fat group ate foods such as fresh fruit, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, brown rice, barley, legumes and steel-cut oats.

What do you think? Could you adjust your eating habits?



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    27th Feb 2018
    Makes sense to me. Stay away from processed food, starchy foods , simple sugars. Ohh but I do like pasta but we all have a weakness. ;)

    27th Feb 2018
    If you are obese and wish to lose weight, do as I did: cut out bread, rice, pasta and potatoes. in doing that, I lost nearly 60 kg.
    go veg!
    27th Feb 2018
    No meat, eggs or dairy makes my weight control easy. There are so many delicious non-meat and non-dairy alternatives in supermarkets to have with lots of vegies and various beans/grains plus some nuts and some fruit. I don't understand the need for costly gyms and diets.
    27th Feb 2018
    Why should "steel-cut" oats be any different to rolled oats - or indeed any other form of unprocessed oats??
    27th Feb 2018
    I agree with you, rglarking, I prefer the taste and texture of rolled oats to steel cut.
    27th Feb 2018
    Ultimately calories matter. Cutting out the obvious low value high sugar,fat,carb (cake anyone) is going to reduce the calorie content. Weight loss ensues.

    I have been a vegetarian for well over 40 years and I can categorically say there is nothing magic about being vegetarian or vegan for that matter that results in any (if any) weight loss. And both these diets can be just as unhealthy, high sugar high carb high fat diets as that of meateaters.

    We all need a balanced diet or rather eating regime and we are all only too aware of what that 'should' be. We just don't do it all the time! :-)
    27th Feb 2018
    You probably also realise that there is good carbohydrates and bad ones. The bad ones convert to sugar very quickly, give you a quick energy burst, then you feel very tired. You also tend to not feel "full" and look for more food. I find rice has that effect on me.
    I was given a list of good and bad carbohydrates by a registered, medicare provider approved dietician. It is very smilar to the lists you can find on google.
    Not all dieticians who should only be called Nutritionists have Medicare Provider numbers which means they may not have the genuine credentials. I went to one, yes I lost weight but it affected my organs in other ways. I even had back-up support on-line for a few days. I couldn't work out why he would never send me a receipt. I then found out he didn't have a provider number. If they work for a Health Club it doesn't mean they have a provider numbe. Some work on overseas information re ingredients in food which doesn't apply to the food made in Aust. My GP was not aware of that. He didn't get any more patients referred to him by that Medical Centre.
    go veg!
    27th Feb 2018
    KSS. Interesting. I know many vegans, mostly under 30, and they're all slim, except for 2 older ones who have pre-existing thyroid or similar problems.
    28th Feb 2018
    Blossom many nutritionists do have provider numbers. It depends on where and how they got their qualifications. A nutritionists diploma from the internet probably wouldn't comply with Australian standards. However, a nutrition degree from an Australian University would.
    The difference between dietitians and nutritionists is that dietitians have the clinical ability to deal with complex clinical cases. They would also provide services in hospitals for example. Nutritionists cannot do this and certainly can't (or shouldn't) be doing 'clinical' work. The word 'dietitian' is protected and only those accredited as such can use it. Not so with 'Nutritionist'.

    Go veg! consider for a moment someone who eats the following: cornflakes with soy milk & berries, toast and marmalade and soy milk coffee for breakfast; Vege burger, chips and a milkshake for lunch and a sweet and sour stir fry with tofu and mixed veg with brown rice for dinner. This would meet the criteria for a vegetarian yet would almost certainly be classified as a poor diet, high in carbs, sugar, salt and fat. And swap the milkshake for say an almond milk shake and it fits the vegan diet too. As I said there is nothing magic about either diet - it's about the choices we make.
    27th Feb 2018
    My Doctor advised me, many years ago, that the best rule for people wanting to lose weight is not to eat anything containing flour and/or sugar.
    Old Geezer
    27th Feb 2018
    Just eat everything in moderation.
    Retiring Well
    28th Feb 2018
    Go on a cruise and you'll catch a tummy bug and you will lose lots of weight very quickly.
    28th Feb 2018
    Never once caught a tummy bug on a cruise and always came back needing to diet. The weight gain is probably the one thing that stops me booking another. And I don't know anyone who has caught a tummy bug on a cruise, despite knowing a lot of regular cruisers. Last two cruises, I talked to people who had been on more than 30 cruises. Not one had ever had a tummy bug.

    The sanitation on cruises these days is impressive. One I went on, they had someone standing at the door yelling ''No washie, no eatie''. There were four hand sanitation machines and he was watching like a hawk. Nobody got through without using them. He didn't hesitate to pull people back and say, ''Sorry, you cannot enter the dining room until you sanitize''. Add to that, the Captain broadcast messages 6 times daily - including before every meal time - telling people to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before heading to a dining area, after using the toilet, after touching handrails etc., after any visit to a public area... and to shower both before and after using the swimming pools or gym equipment. Everywhere you went, there were sanitizer dispensers.

    I strongly suspect anyone who catches a tummy bug is careless about cleanliness.

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