Another Reason to Put Down the Potato Chips

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A recent Harvard study published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed what Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen have been saying all along: the quality of your food choices surpasses the quantity. The study, conducted over a period of 20 years with more than 120,000 men and women, found that regular consumption of potato chips, french fries and sugared beverages were most to blame for a slow and steady weight gain. On the flipside, nuts, yogurt, whole grains, fruits and vegetables were likely to result in weight loss.

So, what does this mean for you? It means that if you’re following a “whole foods” diet, and I mean really following it, you should be getting closer to your weight goals every day. Remember – don’t get stuck on the AMOUNT of calories you’re consuming. Rather, think more about the TYPE of calories you’re consuming. The 100-calorie snacks that seem so tempting are actually full of ingredients that can make you gain – not lose – weight! 
Thankfully, it’s not too late to get healthy in 2011. Start today by putting down those potato chips and grabbing a handful of blueberries instead. Common sense, and now, research indicate that making these healthy choices can finally create the person you have been striving to be! There is a magic bullet – consume foods that come from nature and you'll lose weight. Who knew it could be so easy?

Blog written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian and Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program. Kristin has...