According to a recent report issued by the World Health Organization, people who reduce the amount of fat in their diets will lose weight as well as experience a decrease in cholesterol levels.
The research analyzed 33 different trials, which were conducted throughout North America, New Zealand and Europe, which looked at 73,589 people from varying age groups and both genders. Also, the subjects had different fat intakes: some consumed less than average, while others consumed the average amount.
The study revealed that decreased fat intake results in decreased weight. When the fat was cut out of a diet, the participants’ weights dropped rapidly and remained that way for the following years.
Research author Lee Hooper, Ph.D., noted that the results of the study were consistent in nearly every trial they examined.
“The effect isn’t dramatic, like going on a diet. The research specifically looked at people who were cutting down on fat, but didn’t aim to lose weight – so they were continuing to consume a normal amount of food,” said Hooper. “What surprised us was that they did lose weight, their BMI decreased and their waists became slimmer.”
Hooper reported that in order to see these slimming effects, people should cut down on their butter and cheese intake and cut the fat off of their meat. Consuming low-fat yogurt and milk is a good option as well. She also noted that fat intake is just one aspect of leading a physically healthy lifestyle people should exercise and abstain from smoking and heavy drinking, all while maintaining a diet that’s rich with fruits and vegetables.
The National Institutes of Health also notes that vitamin D may also help with weight loss. People can get vitamin D from sun exposure, fortified cereals and a Skinny D supplement from Dr. Newton’s Naturals.