Weight loss: quality over quantity
Posted On March 24, 2021
Don’t you love it when “research” agrees with what you’ve been saying all along? Of course yes. If you read any of my works, you will know that I have long said that the quality of the fuel you put into your body is the number one most important factor when it comes to health and also successful weight loss. Junk food is exactly that: junk! You wouldn’t put sugar or water in your car’s gas tank. However, too many people put the equivalent in their bodies and hope to be healthy or lose weight.
New research conducted to study the effectiveness of low-carb and low-fat diets was found to depend on the quality of the food consumed. While I definitely lean towards a low-carb eating style, this study compared the low-carb and high-carb diets of 37,000 adults over the age of 20. When comparing them in terms of longevity, they did not find big differences, they even compared the quality of carbohydrates. Quality is what made a big difference in mortality rates.
People who ate low-carb or low-fat diets but ate low-quality foods actually had higher rates of premature death. That’s common sense and it should be a no-brainer! This research suggests that any increased longevity benefits conferred by low-carbohydrate or low-fat diets may depend on the quality and food sources of the macronutrients.
Therefore, whatever meal or diet plan you choose to implement must have the quality and source of macronutrients clearly defined. I’ve said it before: you can go vegan thinking it’s healthier, but if you eat all the genetically modified products and refined grains, you will do harm instead of good. If you choose a ketogenic diet but eat conventionally raised animal products and foods that contain unhealthy fats, you won’t help yourself.
Nutrition is dependent on nutrients. Choosing the highest quality foods that provide the essential nutrients your body needs and recognizes should be the goal. This is precisely why so many obese people are really undernourished! They fill up the stomach but are starving themselves of essential nutrients at the cellular level.
It all goes back to what I preach all the time – choose the highest quality single ingredient whole foods that are in accordance with your specific composition and you can’t help but experience increased health and wellness.
Are you surprised to learn that food quality is the single most important piece of the weight loss puzzle?