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09/06/2016 12:32 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:53 PM AEST

Mediterranean Diet Is Better Than Eating 'Low-Fat' Food To Lose Weight, Study Finds

Time to stock up on olive oil.

Close up of various italian food
Jamie Grill
Close up of various italian food

Forget counting calories because new research has found that sticking to a Mediterranean may be a more effective way to lose weight.

A study by scientists in Spain found that people who stuck to a Mediterranean dietrich in olive oil, without calorie restrictions, lost more weight than people on a diet that generally avoided all kinds of fat.

The researchers said this contributes to a growing body of evidence that suggests eating foods traditionally considered to be "low fat" may not be the best way to maintain a healthy weight.