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You need to cut calories if you want to lose weight, right? Wrong, according to a recent study.

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The study, published in JAMA in February, and featured in the New York Times, showed that when people focused less on portion size and calories, and instead followed the basic tenets of a healthy diet — meaning eating more whole foods and vegetables and less on sugar, refined grains, and processed foods — they lost a significant amount of weight over the course of the year.

In addition, it appeared that their successful weight loss was not influenced by their genetics or their insulin-response to carbohydrates, or whether they follow a low-carb or low-fat diet.

Essentially, when it comes down to it, this latest piece of research says that it’s the quality, not the quantity, of food that matters most when it comes to effective weight loss.

Curious about the implications (will we never count calories ever again?) Organic Authority contacted two medical experts to discuss the findings of the new study.

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