Weight loss isn't just about calories, but food quality.

A new study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association describes their finding that either low-glycemic index or very-low carbohydrate foods are more effective for weight loss than low-fat meals, even when calories are the same.

They also found that low glycemic-index foods (with complex carbs but not simple carbs, like sugar) are similarly beneficial to very low-carb diets, but without the inflammation that can be trigged by the low-carb diets.

The bottom line from this research: For sustained weight loss, embrace a low-glycemic index diet, rather than low-fat or low-carb. 

The study is yet another validation of The Spartan Diet, which is neither low fat nor low carb, but emphasizes high-quality, non-industrial foods without simple carbs or junk fats. 

The Spartan Diet has moderate amounts of fat, but in the highest quality forms: nuts, avocados, wild-caught fish and others. And it has moderate amounts of carbs, but complex ones like starchy fruits and vegetables as well as fermented, whole and ancient grain foods. 

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