"Shocking" study finds the key to weight loss

I don't have the numbers handy, but I think it's safe to say that the diet industry in this country is a multi-billion dollar a year concern. Low carb diets. No carb diets. Salmon diets. Fruit diets. Diet for zones and diets for flat bellies. If you were to sit down and dream up the wackiest diet imaginable - let's say "the ice cream diet" - chances are, it already exists.

But though diet fads come and go, there's one simple truth about dieting that seems to get overlooked in all the hype: the most important part of a diet is not what you eat, but how much you eat. And finally, there's a new study that's been published in no less than the New England Journal of Medicine that states the less you eat, the more likely you are to lose weight.

Yes. It's that easy.

Dr. Frank Sacks, a professor of cardiovascular disease prevention at Harvard School of Public Health, and his team examined put more than 800 overweight participants on one of four typical diet plans: high-fat/high protein, high-fat/average protein, low-fat/low protein, and low-fat/high protein. And after six months, the average weight loss in all four groups was 13 pounds. There was no difference between them at all!

"On average, no one diet was better than another," Dr. Sacks said. Regardless of the kinds of food that each of these diets contained, the one constant was the fact that they all strictly regulated caloric intake. And in the end, that's the trick.

And Americans also have the attention span of an over-caffeinated Chihuahua, and so rarely follow ANY diet with any consistency.

This may all be true, but no one's talking about the most important point of all: Just because you lose a few pounds on a particular diet doesn't mean it's good for you. Your jeans might look great, but if you're a walking time bomb, what difference does it make?

In the April issue of The Douglass Report, I discuss my simple, 3-step plan for healthy weight - and a healthy body.

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The secret to getting kids to eat their veggies

We humans have a tendency to favor things that sound easy or even improbable - especially when it comes to food. And it turns out that parents could be able to turn this to their advantage.

When Cornell University researchers found out that four-year-olds were twice as likely to eat "X-ray vision carrots" than just plain old "carrots." Chalk one up for the power of suggestion, huh?

"Whether it be 'power peas' or 'dinosaur broccoli trees, giving food a fun name makes kids think it will be more fun to eat," according to study author Brian Wansink says.

As the author of the book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, Wansink has examined peoples' relationship with food before.

But before you think that adults are immune to this sort of thing, keep in mind the above discussion about fad diets (doesn't the "Flat Belly Diet" sound better than just the "Lose Weight Diet?"), and another restaurant study which found a "Succulent Italian Seafood Filet" sold 28 percent better than the "Seafood Filet."