Stop Counting Calories.

Seriously, stop. The calorie hype was just that: calorie hype. Calories are not calories, so don’t count them. For years dieticians and health experts would have us believe that all calories are equal, but a new study published this week proves otherwise.

The study finds that you can eat as many calories as you like, as long as these calories don’t come from sugar, refined grains and processed foods. The study supports the idea that quality, not quantity, matters. So, eat as much as you want! Eat butter. Enjoy high quality fats. Just make sure you are eating plenty of vegetables and whole foods and stay away from white bread, refined flour and sugary snacks.

Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist and dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, says that “it’s time for U.S. and other national policies to stop focusing on calories and calorie counting.” People in the study were surprised and relieved that they no longer had to think about calories. Is this for real? Yes. Participants lost weight by focusing on nutritious whole foods that satisfied their hunger.

Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health, said the bottom line is: “Diet quality is important for both weight control and long-term well-being.” So, forget about calories and just focus on eating real food that satisfies your hunger and promotes happiness.

Dr. H.