More And Less
The age-old myth of losing weight always comes down to eating less and exercising more. Theoretically, it seems reasonable, as the more energy you burn with less consumption of calories results in overall weight loss. However, according to obesity experts who recently commented on JAMA, studies have shown that these results are actually on a short-term basis and doesn’t work when aiming to lose weight in the long run.
The bigger picture experts want people to understand is that the issue lies with counting calories: “We intuitively know that eat less exercise more doesn’t work. It’s such simple advice that if it worked, my colleagues and I would be out of a job,” stated New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center’s director, Dr. David Ludwig who’s stationed at the Boston Children’s Hospital.
“The uncomfortable fact is that an exceedingly small number of people can lose a substantial amount of weight and keep it off following that advice.”
Specialists explain that this obesity epidemic is actually caused by refined carbohydrates. We’ve introduced processed grains and sugars into our diets making them a key ingredient in every meal while chastising fat. “We have to forget the low-fat paradigm,” explains Dr. Ludwig. “Some high-fat foods like avocado, nuts and olive oil are among the healthiest foods we could possibly eat.”
Rather than focusing on the number of calories we consume, people who wish to maintain a healthy lifestyle and want to lose weight should focus on consuming quality foods stated Dr. Ludwig. “If you just try to eat less and exercise more, most people will lose that battle. Metabolism wins,” He stressed.
When it comes to trying to lose weight, “Simply looking at calories is misguided at best and potentially harmful because it disregards how those calories are affecting our hormones and metabolism—and ultimately our ability to stick to a diet” Dr. Ludwig urged.