Monday, March 2, 2009

Good News for the Gimmick-free Losers!

It could be good or bad news -- depending on your point of view -- and it is everywhere in the medical and weight-loss news fronts this week: It's not how you lose weight, it's how many calories you cut. Most of us who are or have been engaged in long weight battles instinctively knew this, but it's nice to have it confirmed!

In a 811-subject study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, they concluded:
"Reduced-calorie diets result in clinically meaningful weight loss regardless of which macronutrients they emphasize."

The researchers studied fat reductions of 20% and 40%, and reduced carb diets (35%) and ones that had 65% carbohydrate intake. In short, no particular diet showed better results over the course of the study but it did show that those who attended the group sessions did better overall. They also found that the dieters from the various groups were similar satiated and similarly satisfied with the diets. There were also findings on cardiovascular health which I am so not qualified to analyze but it seemed to say that a moderate approach will work. It's a pretty awesome study.

I feel happy. I'm glad to know that in the end, the math wins and I don't have to spend a lot of time tracking fat grams, carbohydrate grams. I don't think the gimmick diet developers really have to worry, though. Most people are still looking for the quick fix.

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