All calories weren’t created equal.
For example, 100 calories of Oreo cookies, will not do the same thing to your body as 100 calories of avocado. You know from your own personal experience, that you feel quite different after eating two Oreos than when you eat half an avocado.
A study by the Harvard School of Public Health supports the notion that losing weight is not about counting calories, but rather, ensuring you are getting high quality foods. According to the study’s head researcher, Dariush Mozzaffarian, M.D., D.P.H. “Different foods and beverages affect hunger and fullness differently, and how hungry or full you feel can impact how much you eat.”
He goes on to state: “Trying to eat everything in moderation won’t be as effective as focusing on consuming a more healthy diet in general.”
Based on the study, these are some of the foods to add or avoid:
Top Foods for Weight Loss Top Foods for Weight Gain
Yogurt Potato Chips
Fruit Sugar-sweetened beverages
Whole grains Unprocessed red meats
Vegetables Processed meats
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