Comparing low calorie and low fat
Looking for more weight loss during your diet and afterwards?
You might want to count your calories rather than grams of fat.
One study followed 65 obese women and 15 obese men randomly assigned to low calorie (less than 1200 calories daily) or low fat diets (less than 26 grams daily).
Weight loss was significantly greater in the low calorie group (almost double the weight loss), and was maintained better after 18 months (almost quadruple the weight kept off).
The low calorie group also had a significantly greater decrease in body fat percentage (Harvey-Berino J, Calorie restriction is more effective for obesity treatment than dietary fat restriction, Annals Behavior Medicine, Spring, 1999).
Counting calories on both low calorie and low fat diets while maintaining optimal nutrients also may provide anti-aging benefits as well as helping lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.
One way to lower your daily calories and add phytonutrients with antioxidants is to take a break with a different flavor of green tea several times a day.
Only 0-2 calories per cup!
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