These Are The Foods Successful Dieters Eat Most [Infographic]

If you're trying to lose weight, it might help to know what successful dieters are eating. MyFitnessPal analysed data from 4.2 million of its users to compare those who were closer to their weight-loss goals and those who weren't.

As you probably already know, MyFitnessPal is an app and community that people use to track their diets and exercise. The company defined "successful" dieters in this study as people who set a weight-loss goal and were within 5% of reaching that goal. (Perhaps they didn't have a large enough sample for people who achieved their goal.) They then compared those 427,000 users' food trends to the other 3.8 million users in the sample.

Interesting but perhaps not shocking results: Successful users ate 29% more fibre on average than the other users. They also ate less meat (11% less), fewer eggs (13% less), more yogurt (10% more) and more almonds (10% more).

Perhaps the biggest takeaway is to eat more high-fibre foods — fibre is a dietary hero. And although the analysis doesn't include it, we know that diet is more important than exercises when it comes to weight loss.

The Foods Successful Dieters Eat More Of, According to MyFitnessPal

How to Eat Like a Successful MyFitnessPal User [MyFitnessPal]


    This data analysis is so misleading in that it implies which food TYPES are better for weight loss. There is no food type better or worse for weight loss. Dieting is ONLY about portion controlling the amount of any food type you eat. Exercise and a nutritionaly balanced diet also helps, but when it comes to a type being better, this is just not true.

      True, but low-kJ foods allow for larger portion sizes. So food type still plays a part.

      This is true but the type of food that successful dieters use compared to those that 'fail' can be telling
      Seeing that people who are successful have an increase in the amount of almonds they eat can show you that nuts as a snack can be successful.
      That people who change their diet to eat more eggs fail but those who eat more cereal succeed means that having cereal for breakfast rather than eggs is a better option.
      The particular type of food isn't physiologically different but can have a big impact on if you are able to stick to the diet longer term or not 'break' your diet regularly

      The 'all calories are equal' theory misses the point on weight gain. Yes, one must control the energy in side of the equation, but this theory completely misses two critical issues for weight loss: One, why people feel they need to eat more than they expend, which for a majority of cases is linked to satiety. Different types of foods affect satiety differently, for example proteins and fats typically make people feel fuller for longer on a calorie for calorie basis. And two, which types of food trigger the body to store fat, and promote lethargy and low energy expenditure and which foods don't, which is strongly linked to GL/blood sugar levels spiking.

      A great (although rather research heavy) book is Gary Taubes Good Calories, Bad Calories.

    All I eat is chicken and rice, lost 35 kg so far!

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