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counting calories? stop! there’s new info on food and exercise

And despite conventional advice to eat less fat, weight loss was greatest among people who ate more yogurt and nuts, including peanut butter, over each four-year period.

An extensive study of over 100,000 men and women over 20 years has had some interesting results about weight gain in midlife.

Reducing the fat in your diet and counting calories, surprisingly, had no positive impact. Another surprise was that, contrary to conventional wisdom, eating everything in moderation isn’t all that healthy: there are good and bad foods. French fries, chips, colas, white bread and fruit juices will fatten you up while yoghurt and nuts will make you lean, as will eating more fruit and veggies. For all the details click on the link above.

Really the researchers could have saved a lot of time and effort if they’d just consulted my kids, who for years have been singing the ditty:

“French fries, French fries
Greasy greasy
Make you fat
Easy, easy.”



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

3 thoughts on “counting calories? stop! there’s new info on food and exercise

  1. I still think it all depends on what your metabolism is doing. I eat chips and peanut butter and lots of pasta and I still can’t put an ounce on. Neither can my son who is the child of two lanky people! But, to be fair, I don’t eat sugar, and I reckon if you cut it out of your diet completely (apart from naturally occuring sugars in fruit) then you’re bound to lose a lot of weight.

    1. Oh, but peanut butter is one of the best things you can eat! Maybe that counteracts the chips, and then with the lack of sugar…But you’re right of course that every person is individual. These are generalities. Smoking is bad for your health, everyone knows that, and yet everyone knows a story or two about someone who smoked into their 80’s.

  2. We’ve been trying to eat more of the healthy stuff around here, and less of the things aren’t good for you – although potato chips are a hard one for me to relinquish! I’ve always tended toward the “everything in moderation” approach. But perhaps even a little of a bad thing isn’t good!

    Thanks for sharing this – good food for thought 😉

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