How do you lose weight? You’ve probably heard many different strategies. Low-carb… low-fat… low-sugar… high-protein, or just to eat less. However, leading experts in the field believe that weight loss isn’t as simple as these fad diets claim. A new study really hammers home that point.
The study followed 4,646 kids between the ages of 7 and 13 over 10 years. Each child’s consumption of 27 food groups and his/ her weight fluctuations were tracked over the course of 3 years. The researchers discovered which foods were most associated with weight (orange bars) and more importantly, the change in consumption of which foods was associated with weight loss/ gain (blue bars).
The only foods that were associated with significant weight loss were high-fiber breakfast cereals and whole grains. In contrast, coated (breaded or battered) poultry & fish, processed meats, french fries & roasted potatoes, fat spread (butter or margarine), sugar sweetened beverages, potato chips, other meats, milk, and desserts & sweets were most associated with weight gain.
A previous study on adults similarly found that potato chips, fries, processed meat, red meat, butter, sweets and desserts, refined grains, sugar-sweetened beverages and fruit juice led to the most weight gain. So, avoid these foods and eat more fiber if you’re trying to lose weight. Good luck!
Dong, Di, et al. “Consumption Of Specific Foods And Beverages And Excess Weight Gain Among Children And Adolescents.” Health Affairs 34.11 (2015): 1940-1948.