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Do you think quality of food is more important than quantity in preventing weight gain?

Quality of food is more important than quantity for preventing weight gain with the passing years, a study has found.

Small lifestyle changes made the difference between staying slim and becoming overweight or obese, said researchers.

Diet had more of an impact than physical activity, watching TV or sleep duration. But focusing on calories alone was not the best way to stay slim, according to the scientists.

The secret was to focus on the quality of foods, especially carbohydrates.

Weight-watchers were advised to cut out sugar-sweetened drinks, potatoes, and refined grain foods such as white bread, white rice and low-fibre breakfast cereals.

At they same time they were urged to eat more “natural” foods, such as fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and yoghurt, while avoiding anything processed.

“These findings underscore the importance of making wise food choices in preventing weight gain and obesity,” said Professor Frank Hu, a nutrition expert at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, US.