Breaking News:Eating Less Can Lead To Weight Loss

by movelicious on July 18, 2012

A recent study in JAMA suggested that not only how much you eat but even more importantly what you eat will help you lose weight.

It seemed “that after losing weight, people on a high-fat, high-protein [maintenance] diet burned more calories that those eating more carbohydrates.”

Hmmmh, really? That all seemed a little bit too Atkins friendly to me. A calorie is a calorie. Also the study only included 21 people and the maintenance diet only lasted for about a month, which means it’s not easy to see how much of it was due to water loss. And these are also some of the critiques Dr. Jules Hirsch raised in a conversation with the  New York Times about the results of the study.

So what does work for, many people, if losing weight is your goal?

What would you tell someone who wanted to lose weight?

Dr. Hirsch:I would have them eat a lower-calorie diet. They should eat whatever they normally eat, but eat less. You must carefully measure this. Eat as little as you can get away with, and try to exercise more.

 There you have it:Eating less + exercising more can lead to weight loss.

 

Keep in mind:”Individuals losing weight are not metabolically the same as they were before they lost weight.” So maintaining weight loss is very hard. (Weight of the Nation.)

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