Sinclair Cares: Quality over quantity foods and their relationship to weight loss


The weight loss journey for a Sinclair television photographer all started about three years ago, when he got the flu.

Cody Murphy lost around 200 pounds.

"I go to the doctor step on the scale and it reads an outrageous number, 333 pounds, I just remember thinking well that will kill me," Murphy said.

He decided he had to do something.

So he kept it simple by cutting out processed foods.

"I stuck with fruits vegetables all that stuff and I weighed myself at the end of every week with this common sense diet plan and the pounds started coming off," said Murphy.

Now, a newly released study from the journal of the american medical association says losing weight is about just that, quality over quantity.

"I think this study really blows all of those out of the water and makes us take a step back and realize that we need to stop you know picking sides," said registered dietitian Stephanie Vandergriff.

Researchers had some people follow a low carb diet, others a low fat plan, but the one similarity?

No calorie counting.

Overall, when low fat and low carb were put head to head, there was no clear winner.

Researchers found that both sides generally lost the same amount of weight.

"Without even trying these groups ate less calories overall they ate until they were satisfied so they were happy," Vandergriff said.

Dietitians say to try to sub out processed food for healthy options.

"Even if you just picked one meal to start with just breakfast because it is such an important one for everyone to really kind of kick start their day with energy," says Vandergriff.

And sticking with it? Cody says there is nothing better.

"I went to replace my wardrobe with all the black Friday deals and went in the dressing room and I almost started crying because I fit in a size small just because I thought I would never see the day and that almost made me tear up and I don't really tell people that but if you make it there is no better feeling than reaching that end goal." said Murphy.

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