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Diet with Dr. Tabor
by Aaron Tabor, MD Diet & Anti-Aging Expert

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We all understand that healthy eating is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and has benefits for weight loss, weight control, and our overall health. However, healthy eating is a difficult habit for many of us to develop. Nonetheless, it is never to late to start developing healthy eating habits. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examined the relationships between specific eating habits and other lifestyle factors on weight gain in over 120,000 men and women. The results of this study can help us to develop healthy eating habits.

For this new research study[1], investigators followed 3 groups of healthy, non-obese study subjects for 12-20 years. Weight change every 4 years was analyzed in relation to dietary and other lifestyle factors. Factors linked to weight gain and weight loss are outlined below with the average amount of weight gained or lost per 4-year study interval in parentheses.

Diet & Lifestyle Factors Linked to Weight Gain

  • Potato chips consumption (+1.69 lbs per 4 years)
  • Potato consumption (+1.28 lbs)
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages (+1.00 lb)
  • Unprocessed red meats (+0.95 lb)
  • Processed meats (+0.93 lb)
  • Alcohol use (+0.41 lb per drink per day)
  • Quitting smoking (+5.17 lbs)
  • Sleeping less than 6 hours or more than 8 hours per night
  • Watching television (+0.31 lb per hour per day)

Diet & Lifestyle Factors Linked to Weight Loss

  • Eating yogurt (-0.82 lb per 4 years)
  • Eating nuts (-0.57 lb)
  • Fruit consumption (-0.49 lb)
  • Whole grain consumption (-0.37 lb)
  • Eating vegetables (-0.22 lb)
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