Researchers at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have found that having more vegetables and fruits in the diet of a person do no affect weight loss. This fact contradicts with the frequent recommendation of eating more vegetables and fruits for weight loss.
The research team used the data of more than 1,200 test subjects in as many as seven controlled and randomized experiments, that revealed the effects on weight loss when people start eating more vegetables and fruits in their diet.
The research team was led by Kathryn Kaiser, an instructor at School of Public Health at UAB. Kaiser said, “Across the board, all studies we reviewed showed a near-zero effect on weight loss.”
She further said, “So I don’t think eating more alone is necessarily an effective approach for weight loss because just adding them on top of whatever foods a person may be eating is not likely to cause weight change.”
Moreover, the study, which got published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, also discovered that while on one side, eating more vegetables and fruits will not aid a person in loosing weight, on the other side, it will not also help the person in gaining weight.
According to Kaiser, increasing fruit’s serving size does not increase the weight of a person, and this makes fruit a successful way of getting the body’s necessary requirements of fiber and vitamins.
She added that the best way to reduce weight, while maintaining a healthy diet, is to reduce the total intake of calories, instead of relying on increasing the intake of vegetables and fruits, as according to a popular notion.
The MyPlate initiative of US Department of Agriculture suggests a daily requirement of two to three cups of vegetables and one and a half to around two cups of fruit for adults. Moreover, people looking to reduce their weight a few founds are usually recommended to have more quantity in their routine diet. This is because it is usually accepted that low calorie vegetables and fruits will take up space in the digestive tract of a person, and would satisfy his hunger without consuming fats. Also according to a recent study, it helps in reducing blood pressure.