This is an awesome study, worth looking at. Something I have believed for a long time! We can eat a good amount of whole food and not be hungry. So many people ask me what they can eat….they want easy, a bar or a shake… I tell them, lets focus on real food! This study is good at explaining why!
This recent study was published in JAMA, challenging the theory of weight loss being about cutting calories. They found people who cut back on sugar, highly processed foods and refined grains, and focused on eating vegetables and whole foods, without the stigma of counting calories or limiting portion size, lost significant weight in a years time.
This seemed to work for people whether they ate a diet lower in fat or lower in carbs. Foods in the low fat group consisted of nutrient dense whole foods such as lentils, quinoa, lean meats and fruit and vegetables ( not sugary foods, processed snacks or white breads) The low carb group focused also on whole foods such as avocado, salmon hard cheeses vegetables, nuts, seeds and grass and pasture raised animal foods. Both groups were told to eat until they were satisfied, and to cook at home when ever possible.
An important message stated about the study by Dr. Walter Wilett, “high quality diet” produced substantial weight loss and that the percentage of calories from fat or carbs did not matter, which is consistent with other studies, including many that show that eating healthy fats and carbs can help prevent heart disease, diabetes and other diseases.
“The bottom line: Diet quality is important for both weight control and long-term well-being.”
They focused on nutritious whole foods that satisfied their hunger, and it worked.
Processed foods like low fat snacks have worsened the obesity epidemic. These foods are empty calories, which leave us starving for real food. This study is one of many that are needed to help people understand that they can be satisfied with real , whole food. More vegetables, less sugar and less refined grains. The way God created, the way our bodies were intended to eat! I love this study!