"And despite conventional advice to eat less fat, weight loss was greatest among people who ate more yogurt and nuts, including peanut butter, over each four-year period.
Nuts are high in vegetable fat, and previous small studies have shown that eating peanut butter can help people lose weight and keep it off, probably because it slows the return of hunger.
That yogurt, among all foods, was most strongly linked to weight loss was the study’s most surprising dietary finding, the researchers said. Participants who ate more yogurt lost an average of 0.82 pound every four years."
- "Still Counting Calories? Your Weight-Loss Plan May Be Outdated," The New York Times
An extensive, in-depth study at Harvard University followed 120,877 healthy people for 12 to 20 years, and examined how an array of factors influenced weight gain or loss during each four-year period of the study.
"The beauty of the new study is its ability to show, based on real-life experience, how small changes in eating, exercise and other habits can result in large changes in body weight over the years," the Times says.