All Calories are Created Equal? Maybe Not.

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Calories in, calories out. Sit less, move more. You’re heard the advice before to help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. But what if it’s wrong?

In a new study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers believe they may have finally answered the question: Are all calories equal? When it comes to weight management, the answer appears to be, “No.”

In the study researchers found that following a low-carb diet was an effective dieting strategy to lose weight and keep it off. That’s been proven before. But here’s where it gets interesting.

Researchers also found that people who eat fewer carbs (particularly from processed foods), burn more calories than those who don’t.

Think about that the next time you’re trying to decide between a chicken salad and a burger with fries or Greek yogurt and potato chips.

Researchers believe it’s carbohydrates found in processed foods that cause rapid changes to insulin levels linked to weight gain. Cutting back on refined carbohydrates will help you lose body fat, which is a major risk factor for other chronic diseases.

The biggest challenge of Low-Carb dieting, according to researchers, is making it part of your lifestyle instead of a diet you follow for a few weeks.

The hallmarks of a Low-Carb diet typically include foods high in protein and healthy fats, some carbohydrates from whole foods, and little to no carbohydrates from foods like white potatoes, sugary cereals, desserts, chips, crackers, and other processed foods.

Need help adopting a Low-Carb diet and lifestyle? Take a look at the selection of Low-Carb meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner all made from fresh ingredients. Pick your favorites, and you’ll have your next meal ready in minutes.

It’s a great way to stay on track to help you achieve our weight-loss goals, and maintain a healthy weight once you’ve tipped the scale in the right direction.