In a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it was concluded that it’s not what you eat but how much that’s more important for weight loss.
Researchers evaluated four diets on 811 men and women over a two year period. Two of the diets were with 20% of total calories from fat, and two were with 40% of total calories from fat. All of the diets were heart healthy, which were rich in fruits, vegetables and wholegrain products and low in saturated fat.
The participants attended both individual and group weight loss sessions with registered dietitians and completed an online food diary. They were encouraged to exercise 90 minutes a week and received an individualized calorie goal.
After the 2 year study they had kept an average of 9lb off and had lost 1-3 inches of their waistlines. The ones who had attended over 2/3 of the sessions had done better, losing an average of 13 lb.
The take home message from this land mark study is that it doesn’t really matter what diet you wish to follow, as long as it is balanced and you are eating less of it. It also shows that professional support and an individualized approach is key factors for long term success. It is worth looking up a dietitian in your area.