Scientists said people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods while concentrating on eating plenty of vegetables and whole foods — without worrying about counting calories or limiting portion sizes may lose significant amounts of weight over the course of a year.
This study findings is published in the ‘Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
The research lends strong support to the notion that diet quality, not quantity, is what helps people lose and manage their weight most easily in the long run.
According to a Cardiologist and Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, health authorities should shift away from telling the public to obsess over calories and instead encourage people to avoid processed foods that are made with refined starches and added sugar, like bagels, white bread, refined flour and sugary snacks and beverages.
For a diet study published this summer in Cell Metabolism, researchers randomly assigned one of 29 different diets to hundreds of adult male mice. Some diets supplied up to 80 per cent of their calories in the form of saturated and unsaturated fats.