Harvard Men's Health Watch

Seven ways to get calories under control

Here are some ways to increase your calorie awareness and lay the foundation for successful weight loss.

Is it possible to "trick" your body into losing weight by consuming either very low or very high amounts of protein, thus interfering with normal calorie metabolism? Some diet gurus would have you think so. But if it sounds too good to be true, as the old saying goes, maybe it is. According to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (see box below), it is the number of calories consumed that determines the amount of body fat gained or lost—regardless of whether you choose a high- or low-protein diet.

Dr. Helen Delichatsios is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an advisor to Harvard Men's Health Watch on the science of healthy eating. We asked her to share some of the basic steps that have helped the people she treats get their calorie intake under control and start to lose weight.

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