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Low Fat Diet is Key to A Slimmer Figure

Cutting down on fat, without dieting, will result in a slimmer figure — according to new research from the University of East Anglia

Findings published in British Medical Journal show that exchanging fatty foods for lower fat alternatives will help people shift around three-and-a-half pounds – without dieting. People taking part in trials also saw their waist-lines become slimmer, and levels of bad cholesterol decrease.

The results prove for the first time that weight loss can happen without trying to lose weight – simply by choosing foods lower in fat.

The report was commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) Subgroup on Diet and Health following a request to update their guidelines on total fat intake. The results will be crucial in making global recommendations.

The research is particularly important because being overweight or obese increases the risk of many cancers, coronary heart disease and stroke. Reductions in total fat were also associated with small but statistically significant reductions in cholesterols and blood pressure, suggesting a beneficial effect on other major cardiovascular risk factors.

The systematic review included results from 33 randomised controlled trials, in North America, Europe and New Zealand, involving 73,589 men, women and children.

Those taking part had varying states of health. Comparisons were made between those eating less fat than usual (intervention group) and those eating their usual amount of fat (control group). The effect on weight and waist line was measured after at least six months.

The results show that eating less fat reduces body weight by 1.6kg, BMI by 0.56kg/m² and waist circumference by 0.5cm. All these effects were in trials in which weight loss was not the intended outcome, suggesting that they occur in people with normal diets. The weight loss happened quickly and was maintained over at least seven years.


Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce


4 beef tenderloin grilling steaks, about 6 oz each
2 shallots, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
8 oz cremini mushroom, thinly sliced
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp dried thyme
3/4 cup dry red wine
1 tbsp butter, softened
1 tbsp all-purpose flour


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, sauté shallot and garlic until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add mushroom, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring, until almost no liquid remains, about 6 minutes. Remove.
  2. Brush steak with some oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sear over medium high heat in skillet, turning once, until desired doneness (about 8 minutes for medium rare). Remove to warm plate, tent with foil and rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Add wine to skillet. Cook, scraping up any brown bits, until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add mushrooms and any meat juices to skillet. Combine butter with flour. Stir into skillet and cook until thickened. Spoon sauce over steaks to serve.

Source: Canadian Living

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