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    Mayo Clinic Radio: Quality versus quantity when it comes to calories

a food nutrituion label with a measuring tape beside itWhen it comes to dieting, the focus often has been on eating fewer calories as the key to losing weight. But a new study, published recently in JAMA, found that what you are eating is an important factor in weight loss. The study found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods, while concentrating on eating plenty of vegetables and whole foods — without worrying about counting calories or limiting portion sizes — lost significant amounts of weight over the course of a year. Researchers hope that a focus on quality versus quantity when it comes to calories may be a way to combat the obesity epidemic in America.

On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Donald Hensrud, a public health and general preventive medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic, will discuss dieting and healthy food choices. Also on the program, Dr. Janna Gewirtz O'Brien, a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic, will share new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics on screening teenagers for depression. And Dr. Summer Allen, a family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic, will explain the different types of over-the-counter pain medications.

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