More fruits and veggies don’t guarantee weight loss
Eating more fruits and vegetables—while a healthy habit—may not actually help you lose weight, according to new research.
Scientists at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Public Health analyzed data from various studies that looked at fruit and vegetable intake of more than 1,200 people. From the data, the researchers were able to extract information about people who ate more fruits and vegetables than others, but had the same amount of total calorie consumption.
The researchers found that the people who ate more fruits and vegetables, but did not change their total amount of consumed calories, neither lost nor gained weight. The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggest that eating more fruits and vegetables alone is not an effective method for weight loss. Researchers said that people should continue to eat fruits and vegetables for their many health benefits, but concluded that reducing overall calorie intake is the only way to lose weight.