Let’s look at some data to support this:
#1 Harvard researchers looked at the eating patterns of more than 50.000 people, divided into fifths, according to the quality and quantity of calories they ate. This large sample demonstrated two points:
- Eating more correlated with less body fat
- Higher-quality food correlated with less body fat (see image on the right)
Wait what? Yes read that again.
#2 Another study of Women’s Health Initiative tracked 49.000 women for 8 years. The women in one group ate an average of 120 fewer calories a day than the other group. Over the years this adds up to 350.400 calories. How much lighter were the women who ate fewer calories? Only 0.88 pound. Not what you’d otherwise expect if a calorie was a calorie.