Sinclair Cares: Quality over quantity best for losing weight
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If you’ve struggled with your weight, a new study is changing the way you diet.
Haley Nelson tells us dietitians are now advising you not to get too bogged down counting calories or cutting fat. Instead, think quality over quantity.
The weight loss journey for Cody Murphy, a photographer who works for a Sinclair TV station, all started about three years ago when he got the flu.
"I go to the doctor step on the scale and it reads an outrageous number, 333 pounds, I was like, I just remember thinking, 'well that will kill me,'" said Cody.
He decided he had to do something, so he kept it simple, cutting out processed foods.
"I stuck with it fruits vegetables, all that stuff, and I weighed myself at the end of every week with this common sense diet plan and the pounds started coming off."
In total, about 200 pounds.
Now, a newly released study from the Journal of the American Medical Association says losing weight is about just that, quality over quantity.
Stephanie Vandergriff, a registered dietitian said, "I think this study really blows all of those out of the water and makes us take a step back and realize that we need to stop, you know, picking sides."
Researchers had some people follow a low-carb diet, while others followed a low-fat plan, with one similarity - no calorie counting.
Overall, when low-fat and low-carb were put head to head there was no clear winner.
Researchers found that both sides generally lost the same amount of weight.
Stephanie Vandergriff said, "Without even trying these groups ate less calories overall; they ate until they were satisfied so they were happy."
This dietitians advice for you is to try to sub out processed food for healthy options. "Even if you just picked one meal to start with, just breakfast, because it is such an important one for everyone to really kind of kick-start their day with energy," said Vandergriff.