A new study has discovered that low fat diets are ineffective for weight loss.
Frank Hu, senior author of the paper and Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health had this to say about the discovery:
“Current evidence indicates that clinically meaningful weight loss can be achieved with a variety of dietary approaches.”
However, Dr. Deirdre Tobias, the lead author of the study had this to say:
“There is no good evidence for recommending low-fat diets.”
What research was undertaken?
The team of researchers looked at various studies that compared low-fat diets with other forms of diet, as well as those who did no dieting for at least a year.
They discovered that the weight loss achieved by those on a low-fat diet were not that impressive, with some only losing 13 ounces, whereas those who took part in a low-carb diet lost 2.5 pounds on average.
The researchers also discovered that there was a high drop out rate of those who took part in low-fat diets, which is not surprising as many of our favourite foods contain high levels of fat.
After-all, it is these fats that often give it the flavour that we find so hard to resist.
So, how can we lose weight?
Personally I am not a fan of the term ‘diet’, it seems like a short term goal, whereas thinking about your weight loss efforts should be thought of as a lifestyle change.
To lose weight I would certainly recommend cutting back on the junk food, but to not avoid it completely. You will still need to treat yourself occasionally, otherwise you will not be able to stick to your efforts.
I would recommend that you start to eat more protein and fibre-rich foods as these will help fill you up and keep you feeling full.
You should also eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, as these are nutrient-rich so will provide you with the necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs without the calories.
What you drink also has an impact on those weighing scales too. So with this in mind I would suggest that you consider cutting back on your intake of high-calorie and high-sugar soft drinks.
It may seem boring, but water is the best thing for you to be drinking.
Finally, you will need to get more sleep. At least 7 hours per night to keep the hormones that control your appetite as stable as possible. Plus, you should try to get your stress levels under control too.
If I were you then I would stop focussing your attention on diets, but to embrace healthy living instead. Weight loss will be a by-product of this new lifestyle.