Counting calories not key to weight loss, study finds

Counting calories not key to weight loss, study finds

Christopher D Gardner, PhD, of the Stanford Prevention Research Center from the Department of Medicine at Stanford University Medical School, and associates conducted The Diet Intervention Examining The Factors Interacting with Treatment Success (DIETFITS) clinical trial to assess the difference between healthy low-fat (HLF) and low carbohydrate (HLC) diets on genotype and insulin secretion trends.

Your genes are certainly part of what impacts your weight.

The authors thus concluded, meant that both diets were equally effective for weight loss. Scientists studied the effects low fat versus and low carbohydrate diet over one year in overweight and obese individuals.

Then, participants took a baseline insulin test, in which they drank a shot of glucose (think corn syrup) on an empty stomach, and researchers measured their bodies' insulin outputs.

For the first eight weeks of the study, people were asked to limit either their carb or fat intake (depending on which diet they were doing) to 20 grams a day.

Outstanding results, as before the study, most of the participants consumed anywhere from 90 to 247 grams of carbohydrates. Lard may be low-carb, but an avocado would be healthier.

Researchers expressed to participants that they regardless of what diet they were on, they needed to make sure they didn't buy processed food. Some people gained weight, and some lost as much as 50 to 60 pounds. He said the most important message of the study was that a "high quality diet" produced substantial weight loss and that the percentage of calories from fat or carbs did not matter, which is consistent with other studies, including many that show that eating healthy fats and carbs can help prevent heart disease, diabetes and other diseases.

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Participants who selected the low-fat group were asked to eat foods, such as brown rice, oats, lean meats, lentils, dairy products low in fat, fresh fruit, and quinoa.

A lot of studies like this are flawed because they'll often "control" what a person eats by just asking them to stick to a diet and submit an occasional food journal of their last twenty-four hours.

"This study closes the door on some questions - but it opens the door to others".

Eat less sugar, less refined flour and as many vegetables as possible.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from this study, Gardner said, is that the fundamental strategy for losing weight with either a low-fat or a low-carb approach is similar. Go for whole foods, whether that is a wheatberry salad or grass-fed beef.

Major companies examine in Weight Loss Diet Market: Atkins Nutritionals (US), Herbalife (US), Nutrisystem (US), Ethicon (US), Covidien (US), Apollo Endosurgery (US), Brunswick (US), Amer Sports (Finland), Johnson Health Technology (Taiwan), Technogym (Italy), Weight Watchers (US), Jenny Craig (US), VLCC Healthcare (India), Slimming World (UK), The Gold’s Gym (US). "And months into the study they said, 'Thank you!" "I feel like we owe it to Americans to be smarter than to just say 'eat less.' I still think there is an opportunity to discover some personalisation to it - now we just need to work on tying the pieces together".

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