Eating Well

Low-Fat Diet Trims Three and a Half Pounds in Six Months

OK, it’s not shocking news, maybe not even news, but it is an authoritative reminder: if you cut fat intake, you cut fat–roughly three and half pounds of it. That’s the conclusion of researchers at East Anglia University who reviewed 33 studies involving more than 73,000 people in Europe, North America and, for what it’s worth, New Zealand. A University of East Anglia news release reports that the researchers found that eating less fat reduces body weight by 1.6kg, (3.5 pounds), BMI by 0.56kg/m² and waist circumference by 0.5cm. All of those losses were seen in trials in which people were not trying to lose weight, and the weight loss was maintained over at least seven years. Read more from East Anglia University. Read the study in the British Medical Journal.

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