What do you think is THE most important nutritional factor for losing weight? If you said the calorie count of the food, you would be in agreement with most medical experts, who also think the calorie content is the most critical factor.
At the most basic level, eating less (fewer calories) and exercising more (expending more energy), usually results in weight loss. So, obviously, eating 10,000 calories a day will make you fat regardless – of what the foods are – unless you are Michael Phelps.
However, results of a recent study conducted over a 20 year period and published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the quality of the food was even more important than the quantity. That got me excited because that is what I’ve been saying for many years and what forms the basis of my Today’s the Day weight loss plan.
The study actually showed the more people ate real, fresh foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, whole grains and yogurt, the less weight they gained – regardless of how much they ate. The food they found which caused the most weight gain were potatoes prepared in any way, but particularly potato chips and French fries. No surprise there.
So instead of starving and depriving yourself and trying to cut way back on calories (which never works for long anyway), why not focus your diet on more fresh, whole, real foods? By eating a better quality of food, you can not only avoid starving yourself and still lose weight, you can improve your overall health as well.