If you think eating more fruits and veggies helps you have a lean and fit body, you might have to re-think. Of course generally, everyone recommends consuming more fruits and vegetables (F/Vs) as a good compensation to weight loss regime because they are low in calories, high in volume and high in critically important nutrients. They fill you up, without loading you up with fat and calories. So if someone says that is not going to help, would you believe it? Certainly not! Especially when you are planning to shed weight, the common belief of people is that F/Vs are good for you. But a recent finding in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows zero or null effect of fruits or vegetables on weight loss.
A team of investigators performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of more than 1200 participants in seven randomized controlled trials that mainly focused on increasing fruit and vegetable intake to check its effects on weight loss. Their results show that increased F/Vs consumption per se does not reduce body weight. F/Vs are a good source of various micronutrients (including antioxidants) and dietary fiber and help fight deadly diseases like cancer, diabetes etc. Although the current study indicates that increased intake of F/Vs may be a sign of healthier people having minimum health risk, there is no empirical evidence that increasing a person’s intake of F/Vs will have a discernible effect on body weight. People must also combine other methods to reduce intake of other energy sources and not only depend on F/Vs intake as a sole solution to weight loss problem.
This study will help people who are hell-bent on losing weight by following a diet rich in F/Vs. Definitely a multimodal research of a healthy lifestyle is required to understand the factors which may help in losing weight apart from enhanced dietary intake of F/Vs.
Kaiser KA, Brown AW, Bohan Brown MM, Shikany JM, Mattes RD, & Allison DB (2014). Increased fruit and vegetable intake has no discernible effect on weight loss: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The American journal of clinical nutrition PMID: 24965308
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