It is believed that eating less can help in weight loss. In fact, according to dieticians, weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise. A new health study has found that it’s not how much you eat that matters but it’s what you eat that plays a major role in your weight loss journey.
How The Idea ‘Eating Less For Weight Loss’ Is Incorrect
According to the study conducted by researchers from Pennsylvania State University, weight loss aspirants should rather focus on healthier food choices than trying to reduce portion sizes. So, basically, cutting down on calories doesn’t have to mean eating less food.
The researchers grouped the participants in three group- the first group included 34women who were overweight and had not participated in the previous study, the second group included 29 healthy “control” women, while the third group comprised of 39 overweight or obese women who had taken part in the previous portion-control trial.
During the study, all women were served the same foods once a week for 4 weeks, but the size of their food increased in a random order. The researchers also changed the calorie content of the food served. The foods ranged from high-calorie ones, such as garlic bread, to low-calorie foods, such as salads, reported Health.com.
It was found that when given bigger portions, the women across all three groups consumed more food. However, the participants who had been trained in portion control in the previous trial consumed fewer calories than the untrained participants.
“The lower energy intake of trained participants was attributable to consuming meals with a greater proportion of lower-[energy density] foods than controls,” wrote the researchers.
“All the groups were served the same meals, but their food choices differed,” explained Faris Zuraikat, the study’s lead author. “The participants who went through the training consumed more of the lower calorie-dense foods and less of the higher calorie-dense foods than the untrained controls.”
“Consequently, trained participants’ calorie intake was less than that of the control groups, whose intake didn’t differ by weight status,” Zuraikat added.
The researchers concluded that choosing healthy, lower-calorie-dense foods was more effective and more sustainable than just trying to resist large portions of higher calorie options.
Barbara Rolls, a co-author on the study, said that the new health study, published in the journal Appetite, supports the idea that eating less of the higher-calorie-dense foods and more of the nutritious, lower-calorie-dense foods can help to manage hunger while consuming fewer calories.
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