Quality is More Important than Quantity
Another recent study illustrating the connection between your weight and the type or quality of the calories you consume (as opposed to just counting calories) was published recently, in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
As reported in Time Magazine:
“It matters, of course, how many total calories you take in each day, but the authors say the age-old advice simply to ‘eat less and exercise more’ may be naïve. To control weight over the long term… the study suggests that people benefit more by focusing on eating right, rather than less.” [Emphasis mine]
In this comprehensive study, the researchers determined how much weight gain is associated with the consumption of certain foods:
- Potato chips led the pack, causing more weight gain per serving than any other food; followed by potatoes, and sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Weight gain was inversely associated with: yogurt, nuts, fruits, whole grains, and vegetables.
However, I would caution you to not fall into the whole grain trap. Whole grains will increase your insulin levels just like any other grain. Additionally, whole wheat contains very high amounts of Wheat Germ Agglutinin (WGA), which even in small quantities can have profoundly adverse health effects.