Here at Overland Park Boot Camp we know you’re going to be tempted by sweet and fatty foods this month more than at any other time of the year – thanks to the coming festivities and all those parties.
So we just wanted to point out a recent study about fat loss printed in this month’s British Medical Journal which showed that cutting fat out of your diet (by switching to low fat alternatives) can help you lose as much as three and a half pounds without you even noticing. According to the results it can also help reduce your body weight, BMI and waist line. This we like!
Study leader Dr Lee Hooper from the University of East Anglia in the UK said: “The weight reduction that we found when people ate less fat was remarkably consistent – we saw it in almost every trial.Those who cut down more on fat, lost more weight.
“The effect isn’t dramatic, like going on a diet. The research specifically looked at people who were cutting down on fat, but didn’t aim to lose weight – so they were continuing to consume a normal amount of food.”
The research was completed over a period of seven years, to ensure those who lost weight with low fat alternatives didn’t put it back on again. Around 73,000 men, women and children took part in the controlled trials.
The main type of fat the study concentrated on was saturated fat – the bad fat that can lead to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and even some types of cancers and arthritis. Foods where low fat alternatives were switched for the full fat variety included milk, cheese, butter and yoghurt. Those who took part were also also to cut off fatty deposits from meat. Fruit was also advised in place of chips and cookies.
Co-author Prof Carolyn Summerbell, from Durham University, added that the new eating regime was successful, she believed, because it was so easy to stick to.
She added: “That’s the trick, to find a comfortable way to eat that you can stick to for life which helps you maintain your weight. Cutting down on fat will help. Doing exercise and being physically active is good for maintaining weight and also has other health benefits, but it’s not a replacement for a healthy diet.”
Here at Overland Park Boot Camp we agree and hope you’ll not give in to too many temptations this Christmas. And if you do, we’ll see you right back here!