It appears that it is possible to reduce weight by eating lower fat alternatives, according to a new study published in the BMJ.
Researchers from the University of East Anglia found out that eating less fatty options could shed pounds without actually going for a weight loss diet.
AdvertisementFurther, reducing fat in one's diet would reduce cancer risk, coronary heart disease and stroke - conditions that arise from being overweight or obese.
The study, a systematic review and analysis of 33 randomized controlled trials, included 73,589 men, women and children and was conducted with a view to 'understand the relation between total fat intake and body weight'.
During the course of the study, comparisons were made with those consuming lesser amount of fat than their usual quota to those who ate fatty food as usual. It was found that lowering the proportion of energy intake from total fat was reduced body weight by 1.6 kg, as well as BMI and waist circumference in the subjects and this was maintained for at least seven years from then. More precisely, 0.19kg of body weight reduced with each one percent decrease in energy from fats from subjects with 28 to 43 percent of energy from fats.
Researchers, Dr Lee Hooper and her colleagues, think that although the weight loss was not enormous but it was significant since reducing the intake of fats, especially saturated fats, such as high fat milk, fatty meat, butter, cheese, and snacks such as biscuits, cakes and crisps, helped in cutting down risks for various medical conditions.
All said, there is no short cut to good health. Avoiding smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, eating healthy and staying physically active are the ingredients for a healthy life.