Want To Lose Weight? Stop Counting Calories

On its face, it all seems so easy: Calories are calories, no matter the food. And if you want to lose weight, all you have to do is simply “spend” more calories than you consume, either by exercising more or eating less.

But anyone who has ever attempted to lose weight this way knows that it’s not easy at all. And long-term weight management seems downright impossible for most, given the dismal number of those who do manage to keep the pounds off over the years.

The problem, says cardiovascular research scientist James DiNicolantonio of St. Luke’s Hospital, is the idea of calories themselves as a weight loss tool.

“Every country around the world is having a problem with obesity, and so far nothing has worked,” said DiNicolantonio. “But it’s important to note that we’re not dying of obesity, we’re dying of chronic metabolic disease.”

Things like heart disease, diabetes and stroke contribute to about 800,00 annual deaths in the U.S. alone — and now researchers are hoping to isolate foods that are metabolically disruptive, rather than high in calories, in the hope of lowering the rates of such illnesses.

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