To successfully lose weight, we understood that it takes eating less and exercising. But according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, that exercise part is still important, but weight loss has less to do with cutting calories and reducing portion sizes than we thought. According to this study, it’s ditching refined grains, highly processed foods, and foods with added sugar that really help us drop pounds.
By eating a diet of mostly whole foods with lots of vegetables, calorie content and portion size isn’t important because everything you’re eating is healthy. Christopher D. Gardner, director of nutrition studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, led the research on 600 participants. Dietitians taught them to eat home-cooked meals made with whole foods that were minimally processed and highly nutritious.
And the volunteers lost weight, saw their waistlines shrink and body fat percentages go down - all without cutting their portion sizes or calories. They just made sure they ate quality, wholesome food and they could eat as much as they wanted and still lost weight. The results actually shocked the participants themselves.
So it really is all about quality, not quantity. Eat when you’re hungry, just make sure it’s the right stuff and that it includes a lot of plant-based food.