New Findings on Food and Weight Gain

New Findings on Food and Weight Gain

New findings by Harvard University suggest potatoes contribute to weight gain. But yogurt and nuts can keep you lean. Why controlling weight might not be as simple as counting calories.

Summer is a popular season for diets. People want to look good at the beach or lose the pounds they gained while on vacation. Most doctors caution that fad diets don't work for the long term. Instead they stress lifestyle choices - eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and getting enough exercise and sleep. New findings of a Harvard University project confirmed this. But the researchers also found it's not just a matter of calories consumed versus calories burned. Certain foods, such as potatoes, can cause more weight gain over the years. Others can help keep people lean. Diane and her guests explore the relationship between food choice and weight.


Dr. Lawrence Cheskin

director, Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center; faculty member in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Amelia Baker

registered and licensed dietitian at Georgetown University's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Walter Willett

chairman of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health; professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School; co-author of "Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy."

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