Recently, a study has come out that has blown the theory out of the water that weight loss and gain are a matter of calories in versus calories out. So what did they find in this study? One of the key things that people struggle with when they have lost weight is the possibility of putting it back on again which a large percentage do.
So, in this study, the researchers had people who have already lost a significant amount of weight and then put them on three different diets to compare the results. The diet plans were as follows. One was low in fat, but high in carbohydrates. The second one had a lower level of carbohydrates with a low glycaemic load, which means they released their energy, slower over a longer period of time.
The third one was very low in carbohydrates. This was more or less a carbon copy of the Atkins diet, which is high in fat and protein. All three of them had the same amount of calories in and surprisingly enough during the course of the study; no one lost or gained weight.
What was surprising, however, was the participants burned on average 300 calories per day more when they were on the low carb plan compared to being on the high carb plan and the low glycaemic diet was somewhere in the middle, the researchers found that people that ate a low-fat plan over a period of time would find it harder to keep their weight in check, compared to those who were on a lo-carbohydrate diet.
One downside was found, which was the people on the very low carbohydrate diets had some slightly negative effects, which were high levels of stress hormones and some inflammation, which may lead to obesity over a long period of time. However, people on the medium carbohydrate diet and lower glycaemic fared better, they still burned extra calories, but with no adverse effects. So what can we take away from this eating too many calories will in turn lead to weight gain.
However, too many calories from refined carbohydrates will do it a lot quicker, in a nutshell. All calories do matters, some more than others. Nonetheless, this is still quite a interesting piece of new research. Every little helps in our ongoing battle to keep our weight down.