Overconsumption of fatty and unhealthy food without exercise is the primary culprit behind obesity. If done daily and becomes a habit, it will be a health problem to the person to begin with. Examples of unhealthy foods are junk foods such as chocolate chip cookies and potato chips and the like. We thought that when we limit such consumption of unhealthy junk food such as the ones that were mentioned. However, according to a study that was conducted, cutting down or limiting the junk food does not aid in the losing weight of the person.  

Number of Food Choices Affecting Weight Loss: True or Fallacy?

The unhealthy junk food that you cut down contains calories which you can get from other foods. Hence, it does not matter if you cut down unhealthy foods because obesity is measured in the number of calories consumed and not the total number of unhealthy foods. According to the study, the persons who are obese should not focus on their variety of food but by the calories that they consume per day.

Meanwhile, according to Hollie Raynor is a professor at the University of Tennessee who said that it can be helpful that you limit a variety of food consumed for a certain food group. However, compensation may occur in some parts of the person’s diet leading to additional weight instead of weight loss.

Aside from that, she also emphasize that the person who have lesser variety of food diet are usually the ones who achieves success in their weight loss and be able to pull it off and keep it that way. She suggested that there will be limitation of options of foods which are low nutrition and high in calorie such as cookies, chips and ice cream proved to be beneficial for many persons.

Clinical Study

The clinical study conducted had 200 obese and overweight participants who were told to have physical activity and diet adjustment in order for them to lose weight.  The study was conducted and run for an 18 month period. In the course of the clinical study, what was tested is that the experimental group was given the instruction to limit the junk food types consumed and ate lesser food for two to three in a day.

Meanwhile, the controlled group was not given any restrictions whatsoever with pertains to their activity and diet to four in a day but with much fewer calories which will be culled from junk food. The result was that in the 18 month clinical study period given, both of the groups from the experimental and controlled group were able to have lost weight because of the reduction of their calories that were consumed over the study period.

The result of the study pinpointed out that the reduction of the unhealthy junk food choices do not have any advantages in the lifestyle changes. In addition to that, the limitation of the variety of diet consumed should focus on the limitation of the portion sizes during every meal.