The surprising trick to losing weight effortlessly
Whether you’ve been told to count calories, “points,” or carbs, trying to shed pounds can often feel like a numbers game.
If you want to lower your number on the scale, you’ve got to do the math about what you put in your mouth.
And on some popular diet plans, that means that you can polish off a pack of M&M’s or a super-size soda — as long as the arithmetic works out at the end of the day!
Well, I’m here to tell you that the QUALITY of the food you eat — not the QUANTITY — is the real secret to weight loss.
In a new study, Stanford University researchers assigned about 600 overweight folks to follow either low-fat or low-carb diets.
But no matter which group they joined, all of the participants took nutrition courses that trained them to choose WHOLE foods over PROCESSED foods.
In the low-fat group, that meant selecting foods like fresh fruit, steel-cut oats, and quinoa over soda, white rice, and sugary snacks.
In the low-carb group, it translated to choosing “good” fats and proteins like olive oil, salmon, avocados, nut butters, and grass-fed beef instead of trans fats and processed meats.
Both groups were allowed to eat as MUCH as they wanted — with no set carb, fat, or caloric limits — as long as they focused on eating real, minimally processed foods.
After one year, both groups lost about the same average amount of weight, and it was pretty significant: 13 pounds in the low-carb group and nearly 12 pounds in the low-fat group.
Imagine losing a DOZEN pounds without counting a single thing!
All you have to do is wean yourself off of heavily processed foods, especially those made with refined starches and added sugars.
Now, even though the low-fat and low-carb groups in the study shed roughly the same number of pounds, that doesn’t mean that the diets are equally healthy.
If you’ve been reading my eTips for a while, you know that I’m not a fan of low-fat diets — because our bodies and our brains NEED fat to function properly.
And studies consistently show that low-carb diets have the edge over low-fat diets when it comes to reversing diabetes… reducing the risk of stroke and early death… and keeping weight off over the long haul.
That’s why I recommend that my patients follow the Paleo (a.k.a. “caveman”) diet, which dispenses with ALL grains, sugars, and processed foods.
You’ll feel plenty full by eating as much fresh produce, meat, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, and seeds as you want!
I’ll have more about processed foods for you in tomorrow’s edition of eTips. Keep an eye on your inbox.