If the results of a new research study are to be taken seriously, it really doesn’t matter what kind of diet you’re on, the results are eventually going to be the same in terms of weight loss.
Whether its a Fillet-O'-Fish (400 cal)..
..or a Starbucks slice of cake(390 cal)..
..or Oriental Chicken-Rice (400 cal), Its the Calories That Count!
Whether you’re dreaming to be a Beyonce look-alike willing to die to diet and look like her, or you’re on a strict doctor’s demand to recover from a coronary, there’s never been so many diets out there than ever before. Among the more popular ones are:
Atkins: High protein, low carbohydrate
WeightWatchers: A points system to count calories
Rosemary Conley: Low fat, low sugar
Slim Fast: Low-fat shakes replacing b’fast and lunch.
In this new study from the American College of Cardiology
), overweight adults were put for 2 years on 4 different diets: 1) low-fat, average-protein
; 2) low-fat, high-protein
; 3) high-fat, average-protein
; and 4) high-fat, high-protein
. Similar foods were used in all diets.
The result? Whichever diet they were put on, they all lost the same weight (an average of 3.6kg), mostly in the first 6 months. What’s more, the diets were well-tolerated and had similar satisfaction.
The take-home message – among overweight patients, a reduced calorie diet was principally important for long-term weight loss and not the proportion of fat, protein, and carbohydrates in the diet. So, keep counting the calories!
Check the calorie counts of some popular fast-foods here and here.
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