We talk more about eating quality foods at our Philadelphia fitness training practice.
And thst’s not just because we work with registered dieticians. But until recently, we did believe that calorie was part of a weight loss routine.
It’s been like the Holy Grail: you have to count calories and restrict your food intake to drop pounds. And lately, it’s been trendy to tailor your diet to your genetic profile.
Well, it turns out that neither matters. The quality of what we eat can – and will – trigger weights loss. As Dr. Christopher D Gardner of The Stanford Prevention Research Center noted:
“The bottom line: Diet quality is important for both weight control and long-term well-being.” –
A large study from The Stanford Prevention Research Center turned things upside down. (Check out this article from The New York Times).
The study recruited over 600 adults and divided them into two groups: “Healthy Low Fat” and “Healthy Low Carb” participants. It followed them for a year.
Both groups learned to eat whole grains, vegetables, and leaner farm-raised animals.
The low-fat group emphasized grains, legumes, low-fat dairy and the like.
The low-carb group emphasized healthy oils, salmon, hard cheeses, nut butters and the like.
There were no calorie guidelines.
Both groups lost around 12 pounds in a year (the low carb group lost a little more).
That surprised our Philadelphia fitness training team. If not our dieticians.
And the study also looked at people who secrete higher insulin levels when they eat more carbs. This was a proxy for the genetic component. The researchers assumed that these people would do better on the low-carb plan. They didn’t. They just lost weight like the others in the group.
Many experts have chimed in to remind us that: It’s not easy to maintain the discipline of eating better foods. And that many gain weight back even when they introduce just a few more processed foods into their diet. Point taken.
We now have more evidence than ever that eating healthier has real benefits. And isn’t it great to know that we don’t have to count those calories?
Questions or ready for a new nutrition routine? Just contact us. We’re here.