Eating less may not help to lose weight, a new study reveals. A new research says it’s not how much you eat but what you eat that counts. The research also indicates that foods higher in nutrients and lower in calories deliver better results.
A graduate student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Pennsylvania State University, Faris Zuraikat, who led the new study, which follows up from a previous study that explored how different food portions influenced weight loss.
The previous study trained the participants to gain more control over their portions through certain techniques.
For the findings, the researchers included three groups of women in the research: 34 women who were overweight and had not joined the previous study, 29 healthy “control” women, and 39 women with overweight and obesity who has participated in the previous portion-control trial.
During the study, each woman was served the same foods once a week for 4 weeks, but the researchers increased the size of their foo in a random order. They also varied the calorie content of the food. The food ranged from high calorie like garlic bread to low-calorie foods, such as salads.
The study’s lead author said, “All the groups were served the same meals, but their food choices differed,” “The participants who went through the training consumed more of the lower calorie-dense foods and less of the higher calorie-dense foods than the untrained controls.”
The findings show that eating lower-calorie-dense foods and more of the nutritious can help to manage hunger.