Cutting Fat Keeps You Slim

Kate Kelland, Reuters

When it comes to trimming your waistline, everyone is looking for a fast fix. But you can forget about the latest and greatest fad diet. New research suggests that the secret to staying slim may be as simple as trading fatty foods for low-fat alternatives.

A recent review of 33 trials involving more than 73,000 men, women and children in America, Europe and New Zealand found that opting for low-fat foods helped people lose approximately 3.5 pounds, trim their waistlines, and reduce bad cholesterol—all without dieting.

“The weight reduction…when people ate less fat was remarkably consistent—we saw it in almost every trial,” said the University of East Anglia’s Lee Hooper. “Those who cut down more on fat lost more weight.”

Commissioned by the WHO’s Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG), the review will now form a crucial part of global recommendations.

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