Why are low fat and low carb diets not such good options for successfully losing weight in the long run?
With the onset of the New Year, millions of people across the globe will get set to shed those excess pounds gained in all those year-end festivities and parties. Very soon you will be able to see the explosion of television and radio ads about workout and diet dedication, discounter gym commercials and those daily weight loss articles on Facebook. But, what to follow and what not to follow? Simply which way should we go? Over the years, we have seen a war between two of the most popular diets- low fat diet and low carb diet. Well, recently, researchers, went ahead to explain diet effectiveness between these two major diets and the shocking truth that was revealed is that it doesn’t matters much whichever diet you follow.
1 The analysis
An analysis of 53 studies conducted by reputed researchers Dr. Robert Atkins and Dr. Dean Ornish compared the amount of weight that people lost after one year or more after resorting to various forms of diet.
Generally, participants of the study on low-fat diet got less than 30% and sometimes only 10% of calories from fat. On the other hand, those on low carb and high-fat diet got at least 30% and sometimes more than 60% of calories from fat and less than 10% calories from carbs.
Now, the question is, of all the diets, which one emerged as the lightweight champion?
2 The answer is- NONE!
There is no difference between high fat and low fat diets
The truth shown in the study is that there is actually no difference between high fat and low fat diets when it comes to losing weight. Yes, the low fat diet fares slightly better than the low carb diets as it was seen that people had lost about 2.5 pounds more after at least a year they started off with the diet. But as the difference was small, researchers are of the view that it would not lead to any significant health benefits.