Health Tips: How to Drop Those Pounds

Exchanging fatty foods for lower-fat alternatives will help people shift around 3.5 pounds without any other form of dieting. People taking part in recent trials saw their waistlines become slimmer and levels of LDL cholesterol decrease.

The results demonstrate that weight loss can happen without actively trying to lose weight beyond simply choosing foods lower in fat.

The report was commissioned by the World Health Organization and the results will be crucial in making global recommendations. The research is particularly important because being overweight or obese increases the risk of many cancers, coronary heart disease, and stroke. Reductions in total fat were also associated with small but statistically significant reductions in cholesterol and blood pressure, suggesting a beneficial effect on other major cardiovascular risk factors.