Does Eating Less Mean That You’ll Definitely Lose Weight?
Portion control, blah blah blah… Will it actually lead to a serious slim-down?
Does eating less mean weight loss? A Harvard School of Public Health study breaks it down.
Not All Portions Are Created Equal
Aiming for food quality rather than quantity may be your best bet if you’re trying to drop kilos, reports a Harvard School of Public Health study. Researchers found a direct link between specific foods and whether those foods mean you’ll gain or lose weight. One possible explanation: “Different foods affect hunger and fullness differently. How hungry or full you feel can impact how much you eat,” says study author Dr Dariush Mozaffarian. “Trying to eat everything in moderation won’t be as effective as focusing on consuming a more healthy diet in general.” Top up on the greens, and keep the processed grub to a minimum. Here are the top foods that affected the scale (in both directions):
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Blood Sugar Magic
And while we’re on the topic of the best foods for weight loss, sometimes even the healthiest of snacks don’t work, while your bestie eats the same granola bar and it makes her full. New research in the Journal Cell found that people can experience dramatically different blood-glucose responses to the exact same healthy foods – bummer, since blood-sugar spikes can lead to weight gain. If you feel tired or hungry an hour or so after eating a specific food, it could be jacking up your blood sugar, says study author Dr Eran Segal. Pair culprit foods with a healthy fat (peanut butter or avocado), which may help dampen the surge.
Looking for more weight-loss tips? Learn how to count your macros this lean-body formula and see the scale drop.