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by Kevin Coupe

Interesting piece in the New York Times about a new study conducted by the Stanford Prevention Research Center and funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Nutrition Science Initiative and other groups, in which it is concluded that counting calories and limiting portion size may not be the best way to lose weight.

According to the story, the study “found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods while concentrating on eating plenty of vegetables and whole foods — without worrying about counting calories or limiting portion sizes — lost significant amounts of weight over the course of a year.

The strategy worked for people whether they followed diets that were mostly low in fat or mostly low in carbohydrates. And their success did not appear to be influenced by their genetics or their insulin-response to carbohydrates, a finding that casts doubt on the increasingly popular idea that different diets should be recommended to people based on their DNA makeup or on their tolerance for carbs or fat.

“The research lends strong support to the notion that diet quality, not quantity, is what helps people lose and manage their weight most easily in the long run.”

Now that’s what I call an Eye-Opener.
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