Low-fat diets are not more effective than other diets of similar intensity in helping people lose weight over the long term, and nutrition guidelines need to stop recommending low-fat diets as an effective weight-loss intervention, a meta-analysis shows (an analysis of Fifty-three randomized controlled trials of both weight-loss and non–weight-loss studies as well as weight-maintenance trials were included in the meta-analysis. In all, the 53 studies involved 68,128 adults.)
"For decades now, we've been told that to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight we need to not eat fat, yet look where we are today, we're all overweight and obese," lead author Deirdre Tobias, MD, from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, told Medscape Medical News.
"So our hunch was that to simply reduce fat if we want to not be fat was not going to be an effective strategy for long-term weight loss, and in fact we found that all diets did fairly poorly in terms of helping people lose weight. I think focusing on nutrients like fat instead of foods is causing a lot of confusion and allowing people to make poor choices."
Try to minimise the amount of processed foods that you/your family consumes. Eat more from the perimeter of the supermarket rather than what’s in the aisles.