Get ready for your best diet yet: Eat whatever you want! Well, sort of. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it doesn’t matter what you cut from your diet—fat, carbs, protein—as long as you cut calories somehow. That might seem obvious, but it’s important to understand all the same. Scientists put 424 people on specific diets and by the end of two years, every group lost an average of nine pounds of body fat and five pounds of lean muscle—it didn’t matter what they were cutting!
Still, we say that the quality of your food choices makes for your best diet, not just the quantity of calories you’re consuming. Interesting finding, nonetheless!