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
Further, reducing fat in one's diet would reduce cancer risk,
coronary heart disease and stroke - conditions that arise from being overweight
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. Reference