While it has been proven that calorie consumption is one of the main reasons why we lose or gain weight, new research has suggested that perhaps we should not be taking as much notice of it as we think.
This new research (undertaken at Brigham Young University or BYU) has suggested that counting bites, rather than calories would be more effective at helping you to lose weight.
What happened in the study?
During the study 61 participants were asked to count the number of times they lifted food to their mouths.
They were also asked to note the number of gulps of liquid (apart from water) they took each day.
Over the course of the 4 week study, the participants were asked to reduce the number of bites by around 20-30%.
What were the results of the study?
At the conclusion of the 4 week study, those who stuck with the program lost almost 2 kg.
Unfortunately only 41 managed to last the 4 weeks, with the remaining participants noting that they struggled to keep up with the counting to the bites.
Josh West, lead author of the study had this to say about the findings:
“This study confirms what we already knew: Consuming less food makes a difference. We’re not advocating people starve themselves, what we’re talking about is people eating less than they’re currently eating.”
“We felt pretty good about how much weight they lost given the relatively short span of the study. Now we need to follow up to see if they keep it off, or if they lose more weight.”
So there you have it, science has shown that counting bites maybe more effective for weight loss than counting calories.
Of course, this is just a small study, but this research is promising. Perhaps if further research is undertaken in the future then this new method may become more popular amongst the general public.
What is a slight worry is that the drop-out rate for this trial was particularly high. However, it should be noted that many people struggle to stick to calorie counting and other more traditional weight loss methods too.