Remember when we discussed how calories aren’t all created equal?
Well, now there’s a new study to prove it.
This study, published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, studied participants following either a low-carb, a low-fat or a low-glycemic approach, with all participants consuming the same number of calories. According to the results, participants following a low-fat diet burned fewer calories, making it harder to lose weight. The low-carb diet proved to burn more calories, but also increased cortisol, the stress hormone that may increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. The low-glycemic approach seemed to offer the most balanced results–> moderate calorie burn with little risk of side effects.
The researcher who led the study, Dr. David Ludwig, of Boston’s Children Hospital, explained on “CBS This Morning,” “These findings suggest, from a metabolic perspective, all calories are not alike. And for the best long-term outcomes, avoid restricting any major nutrients, either fat or carbohydrate, and focus on reducing refined carbs like white bread, white rice, potato products and sugary foods.” [source]
So, just in case you still find yourself counting calories, this is a good reminder that it’s the quality of food that matters, not just the number of calories!