A Harvard doctor says it’s harder than ever to lose weight – but he has found 5 ways to do it well
| Business Insider – It may be harder than ever to maintain a healthy weight, according to a top Harvard researcher who’s studied people’s diets for decades.
The best way to avoid gaining weight in the long run may be to pick a healthy diet you can stick to and eat a little less.
You may need to re-think your relationship with fat and ramp up intake of plant-based foods like vegetables, nuts, and seeds, while consuming less meat and sugar.
Nutritionists agree that it is getting harder and harder for people to maintain a healthy weight — and that’s not all your fault.
“There is so much great-tasting food, and it’s abundant and in your face all the time,” Dr. Meir Stampfer, an epidemiologist and nutrition expert at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, wrote in a recent blog post.
“To me, it’s kind of a miracle that people aren’t even heavier than they are.”
Stampfer, who has pioneered many long-term top-notch health studies, said the easiest way to get people to lose weight is to simply limit how much they eat every day.
“But for free-living people, that’s really hard,” he said.
Average portions in the US have ballooned as much as 138% over the past five decades, and sugar is hiding in everything we eat, from salads to plain bagels and almost every low-fat product out there.
Sara Seidelmann, a cardiologist and nutrition researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, sees the issue in a similar way.
“There’s absolutely nothing more important for our health than what we eat each and every day,” she recently told Business Insider. Read more at Business Insider.