Eat Yoghurt, Not Potatoes If You Want To Lose Or Maintain Weight

Harvard researchers have identified the five foods that make you gain weight and five that help you lose weight. If you like yoghurt, the study has good news for you; if you're a "meat and potatoes" kind of eater, not so much.

Photo remixed from originals by Mr. T in DC and theimpulsivebuy.

Potato chips and potatoes were the two foods found to increase study participants' weights the most; over a four-year period these two foods resulted in an average additional 1.69 pounds and 1.28 pounds weight gain, respectively. Sugar-sweetened beverages and red and processed meats also led to about a pound more of weight.

On the other hand, eating yoghurt can help you lose weight; on average, participants lost 0.82 pounds. The study also provides further support for the notion that eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains and nuts are good for you.

While the weight loss may seem small, the study indicates that a small change in your diet can make a big difference in the long run.

Changes in Specific Dietary Factors May Have Big Impact on Long-Term Weight Gain [Harvard School of Public Health via The Atlantic]


    Hmmm,.. Maybe they should invent tater flavoured Yoghurt..!!

      Baked spuds with yoghurt topping?

        Mmm, I think the idea is to get rid of the spuds, but I like the way you think big fella... ;]

    Eat yoghurt, not potatoes to lose weight?

    No... really?


    Chips and Yogurt. The Yogurt balances out the chips :)

    Regarding the image, was the styudy talking about plain yoghurt, or was it the junk shown here?

    If you're serious about your yoghurt (or have kids) you cannot go past the Easiyo system for home made yoghurt. The kit is less than AU$30 and the sachets of culture are around AU$3 each and they make a litre of yoghurt. They are now available in manu supermarkets. There is a low fat version in the range but it also has flavours, Greek etc.

    Use this dee instead of the packets.

    You will end up with a decent natural yogurt base which has been made this way practically since the beginning of time. Best of all you're adding nothing but milk and lactic cultures compared to all the junk you get in those sachets. Organic goats milk yogurt anyone? its possible with this method. ;)

    From this you can then add vanilla bean, berries, muesli or whatever you typically have with your yogurt to trick it up. :)

      Have you read the ingredients on the sachets? The "junk" in the Standard and Low Fat sachets consists of whole & skim milk solids (i.e., milk powder), and live cultures. Doesn't seem any more "junky" to me than milk & milk powder plus commercial yoghurt as a starter (and from experience, I get far more consistent results using sachets than using commercial or homemade yoghurt as a starter).

    Err, correlation != causation.

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