New research has suggested that even though junk food is often thought as the main reason why we are all getting fatter, it is not the real reason.
This new study looked at 5,000 American adults and found that cutting their intake of junk food would not be enough to result in weight loss.
What research was undertaken?
A team of researchers at Cornell University analysed the data (their BMI and diets) of 5,000 people, in particular their intake of junk food within the last 24 hours before being surveyed.
They discovered that there was no link between the amount of junk food consumed and their BMI for 95% of those questioned.
In fact of those questioned, those of a normal weight consumed more junk food than those with a higher BMI.
Of course this does not necessarily mean that those slimmer were healthier, just that they were thinner. If they are consuming large amounts of junk food laden with salt and fat then I highly doubt that they are as healthy as they should.
So what does this show?
David Just, the co-author of this study has stated that putting the blame of weight gain solely on one aspect is highly inefficient and ultimately useless and that to combat these rising obesity levels we should watch our…
“ …overall diet, and physical activity.”
Basically, we need to stop demonising the junk food industry and take responsibility for ourselves.
Most of us do not get enough fresh foods in our diets, and very few get enough daily exercise, even though we all know that it will help us not only to be slimmer but to be healthier too.
Weight loss that works
Weight loss does not need to be complicated and if you stick to a few simple rules then you will surely start to see the changes yourself.
While the above study says that junk food is not to blame for weight gain, it is certainly a good idea to cut back on it if you are consuming it more than once a week. If not for weight loss but for the sake of your health at least.
You should start eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, as these are low in calories but are high in those essential nutrients that your body needs.
I would also suggest that you increase your intake of fibre, as it will help to fill you up, and protein as this will help to build muscle, which is essential for raising your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate).
What you drink is also important, so try and cut back on soft drinks, instead replace them with tap water. It contains zero calories, and can help curb your appetite.
Exercise is also important, but do not rely solely on cardio, try lifting some weights too as you will get more rewards for your time.
Finally, try and get plenty of sleep (at least 7 hours per night), and try to get your stress under control. Both of these can affect your hormones that control your appetite.