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Weight Loss 101

Posted: March 4, 2009 in calories, diet, success, weight loss

Back to basics — that’s the message from the latest study on weight loss and it’s creating a buzz among health experts. Why? The research, published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, is truly impressive, consisting of “the longest, largest and most rigorous test of several popular diet strategies.”

The bottom line: after years of fad diets, new research shows that successful dieters are the ones who simply go back to the old notion of cutting calories.

The best summary I’ve read so far is this one in the Irish Times. Here’s a small sample:

“There isn’t any one way. That is the nice thing about none of these diets in particular winning,” says Christopher Gardner, a nutrition researcher at Stanford University’s Prevention Research Center. “We don’t have any right to push low fat or low carb or high protein. If one of these approaches is more satiating, where you will not be hungry and have cravings, that is the one that will work for you.”

As you might imagine, I’ll have a lot more to say about calorie cutting in the very near future. In the meantime, the photo above is worth at least 1,000 words — and if it keeps you away from fast food, it just might save you 4,000 calories!