Low fat or low carb? There are numerous ways to pursue a diet. Whether you’re working hard to transform your body, or maintain the shape you’ve already achieved, research recently published in online journal Open Heart argues against counting calories. Instead, focus on the nutritional values of the foods you eat.

Because adherence to a low-calorie diet isn’t necessarily associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, the authors suggest boosting omega-3 intake by eating more cold water fish, olive oil and nuts. Fruits and vegetables obviously make good choices, but the experts warn against consumption of sugary drinks and fast food.

True Strength Moment: What these scientists are recommending is essentially a Mediterranean style diet containing healthy unsaturated fats. This diet is a lot easier to adhere to than counting calories, and it provides a balance of nutrients from a variety of fresh whole foods.

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