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A few years ago fats carried all the blame for overweight problems and therefore people who wanted to lose extra pounds were recommended to eliminate them from their diet. Later, the difference between "bad" fats (saturated and from animal sources, trans fats) and "good" fats (monosaturated, omega 3 fatty acids) began to be recognized, and the need for fats in general for our body. And although today no one has doubts about the damage that trans fats do, for example, low-fat diets continue to be promoted as the best way to lose weight.
However, a new study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology indicates that this approach is not necessarily more effective than other short-term weight loss plans. Deirdre Tobias, an epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School and lead author of the study, says the key to success seems to be more on sticking to a specific diet. Supported by the American Diabetes Association and the US National Institutes of Health, the research looked at several studies of more than 70,000 adults. On average, people lost 6 pounds on all diets, and none stood out as more effective. Dr. Tobias recommends that people who want to lose weight find a program that fits their preferences and culture, rather than giving up on fats.
These conclusions confirm the results of other studies on the effects of weight loss diets: it is not about eliminating a specific food, but rather controlling calorie consumption in a specific way for each person. Experts also agree in suggesting the help of a specialist to design a personalized diet, as well as incorporating a daily routine of physical activity.
Foods with "good" fats
According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 20 to 35% of calories consumed by adults must be from fat; Of these, less than 10% must be from saturated fat. Here we list several foods that you can and should consume so that your body receives the fat it needs. Take note:
- Canola oil
- Peanut oil
- Ground flaxseed
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