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By Scott Taylor
Taylors Provisions 

New diet study reveals...nothing

Eat Well


A recent health study conducted by Stanford University has been in the news. The study (DIETFITS) pitted low fat and low carbohydrate diets against one another. The study also covered genetic factors of food. The result? Neither low fat nor low carb nor genetics appeared to play a role in dietary success.

So what does work? I can only tell you what worked for me. I needed to reset my expectation of portion size. For one week record everything that goes in your mouth.

Use a scale to understand a proper portion size of meat. Use measuring cups to relearn what one cup of salad greens or one half-cup cooked carrots looks like on the plate. Measure your oil, don't just dump it into the pan. I can tell you from experience; I was eating twice as much as I thought.

Write down everything you eat, no matter how inconsequential. Track how many grams of protein, carbohydrates, and fats you consume. I learned that over fifty percent of my calories came from fat. And I was eating "healthy" by government standards.

Before you embark on your next dietary adventure, take a week to recalibrate. It's possible that you're already eating the diet that's right for you; you're just eating too much of it.


Taylor's Provisions is located at 208 S. Mill St., Tehachapi. You can also reach Taylor's at (661) 750-0390.


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