An interesting finding from an article just published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that focusing on carbs, proteins, or fats is much less important than focusing on the reduction of calories for those trying to lose weight. The conclusion of a 2 year trial of 811 subjects in Boston and Baton-Rouge:
Reduced-calorie diets result in clinically meaningful weight loss regardless of which macronutrients they emphasize.
What you need to know:
This is bad news for all the brand name diets focused on a specific evil nutrient (low carb, low fat), and equally good news for all those dieters who want to plan a diet that is tailored to their food preferences and cultural norms.
The key is to keep the calorie count low.
What to do at the supermarket:
Watch your caloric intake by examining the nutrition labels on foods you buy. Be wary of serving sizes that may be misleading, though. Many times, manufacturers will state a serving size that is rather small compared to what you would normally consume.
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