Sinclair Cares: Quality over quantity foods and their relationship to weight loss

Sinclair Cares: Quality over quantity foods and their relationship to weight loss

The weight loss journey for a Sinclair tv station photographer started about three years ago, when he got the flu.

Cody Murphy lost around 200 pounds.

“I go to the doctor, step on the scale and it reads 333 pounds! I just remember thinking, ‘well, that will kill me.’”

He decided he had to do something.

So he cut out processed foods.

“I stuck with it. Fruits, vegetables, all that stuff and i weighed myself at the end of every week with this common-sense diet plan and the pounds started coming off

In total, about 200 pounds.

Now, a newly released study from the journal of the American Medical Association says losing weight is about just that, quality over quantity.

“I think this study really blows all of those out of the water and makes us take a step back and realize that we need to stop you know picking sides,” said Stephanie Vandergriff, a registered dietitian.

Researchers had some people follow a low carb diet, others a low fat plan, but the one similarity was no calorie counting.

Overall, when low fat and low carb were put head to head, there was no clear winner.

Researchers found that both sides generally lost the same amount of weight.

“Without even trying, these groups ate less calories overall they ate until they were satisfied so they were happy,” Vandergriff said.

Vandergriff advises to try to sub out processed foods for healthy options.

“Even if you just picked one meal to start with. Just breakfast because it is such an important one for everyone to really kind of kick start their day with energy,” Vandergriff said.

Murphy says there is nothing better than sticking to his plan.

“I went to replace my wardrobe with all the Black Friday deals and went in the dressing room and I almost started crying because I fit in a size small just because I thought I would never see the day and that almost made me tear up and I don't really tell people that but if you make it there is no better feeling than reaching that end goal," Murphy said.

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