If you’ve ever gone on the quest to eat healthier and maybe lose some weight, you’ve probably questioned whether simply cutting carbs is the way to go or is it better to follow a low fat diet. Though experts and dieters often argue one is better than the other, scientists now believe they have a better idea of how these two diet options help those of us looking to eat healthy and lose weight.
The Washington Post reports about a study from the National Institutes of Health that looked at how these two very different diets would affect someone who is considered obese according to the BMI chart. The participants were split up into two groups with one group given a low fat diet and the other receiving low-carb meals.
Researchers found that the participants who ate low-fat foods lost more weight than those on the low carb diet. Though the study took place over the course of a few weeks, researchers projected that the overweight participants who ate the low fat diet for 6 months would lose a total of 6 more pounds than those sticking with meals low in carbohydrates.
Co-author of the study Kevin D. Hall explains the findings saying, “In contrast to previous claims about a metabolic advantage of carbohydrate restriction for enhancing body fat loss our data and model simulations support the opposite conclusion.”
So does this mean everything we’ve heard about cutting carbs won’t actually work for overweight dieters? Researchers are quick to point out that their study places participants on a very strict and regulated diet. In the real world, it may be a lot harder for people to stick to a similarly restricted low fat diet. It still seems that the idea of whatever works best for a particular person is the key to truly getting healthy and losing weight.
What do you think of the new study that suggests low fat diets are more effective for losing weight than cutting carbs?
Do you have a healthy eating plan to share that has worked for you?