Use the new NOVA classification of foods to shed a few pounds.

There are many different diets out there to help people lose weight but some of them are complicated.  Is there a simple and healthy way to weight loss?  

An effective way to lose weight is to use the NOVA classification of foods.

Here is a personal example:

My husband and I have very different ways of eating.

My breakfast is one fruit, typically one peach, one apple, or one orange, my lunch is a mix of lettuce (sprinkled with fresh parsley, fresh French tarragon and dill), half an avocado with fresh squeezed lemon, two radishes, a raw carrot, part of a cucumber, half a bell pepper, a couple of fresh Crimini mushrooms, and a few unsalted almonds, walnuts, or pecans.

Dinner is very often a piece of grilled fish or grilled chicken with a large portion of steamed broccoli, green beans or brussels sprouts sprinkled with fresh rosemary and thyme.  

My dessert is a cup of plain unsweetened low-fat organic yogurt with half a cup of berries sprinkled in them. I drink hot water. My weight is 100 lbs for 5’3.

My husband’s breakfast is waffles (made from a premix) with sugar-free low-calorie maple-flavored syrup. His lunch is based on salami, pepperoni or meat sticks, his dinner varies and is often healthy but left on his own, he would eat 2 hot spicy Italian sausages with vegetable chips.  His favorite drinks are diet sodas. My husband could benefit from, well, losing a few pounds.

We are at both extremes of the NOVA classification of foods. The NOVA classification described by Carlos Augusto Monteiro from the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil classifies foods according to whether they are processed or not (Public Health Nutrition-April 2019).

Originally Published on Psychology Today

© Dr. Chris Gilbert, MD, PhD

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