A new study by the University of Copenhagen has found that the dietary recommendations offered by a number of European governments, aimed at preventing obesity, are not sufficient enough to achieve their goal.
Eating plenty of fresh fruit and fish, whilst maintaining a balanced diet, is the main thrust of the anti obesity advice offered by many health bodies today as supported by European governments.
However the results of the European Diogenes Diet Study from the Copenhagen University researchers suggest these recommendations are not detailed or specific enough to prevent overweight persons from gaining more weight.
A diet high in protein, such as lean meat, low fat dairy products and beans, can be more effective for individuals looking to lose weight or maintain a low weight the study found.
“The Diogenes study shows that the current dietary recommendations are not good enough to prevent overweight persons from gaining weight. If you are to maintain your weight or avoid regaining weight after slimming, you must choose the right diet type,” said Associate Professor Thomas Meinert Larsen, PhD, from Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Copenhagen.
The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, comprised one of the largest studies of its kind ever undertaken in Europe, with 772 families in eight different countries taking part.
Instead, a high protein diet can be the most effective way to lose or avoid gaining weight.