Low-Carb Diets Are Better For Weight Loss Than Low-Fat Diets

Posted: Dec 14 2016, 9:38am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Low-Carb Diets are Better for Weight Loss than Low-Fat Diets
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Low-carb diets are in fact far better for weight loss purposes than low-fat diets.

Those who are obese or simply overweight and want to differentiate as regarding the pros and cons of a low-fat versus low-carb diet would do well to conduct their research well.

That is because when the experts weighed in on the low-carb diets, they found them to be slightly superior to the low-fat diets. Low-fat diets had their heyday in the 90s. Now they are old hat. They are hard to follow and what goes on your plate is hardly palatable when you are on a low-fat diet.

The study was published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

Low-carb diets (LCDs) included among them Atkins, South Beach and Paleo. These were found to be safe when followed for upto half a year. Participants lost two and a half to nine more pounds of weight on this diet than a low-fat diet.

While a LCD is for the short term, it is a better strategy of weight loss than a low-fat diet. This has been proven beyond a shadow of doubt.

However, there are general guidelines that still apply. These include the advice to consume fresh produce that consists of real natural foods and avoid processed foods.

Processed foods are the worst of the worst when it comes to piling on the pounds. These include within their ranks: bacon, sausages, deli meats, hot dogs and ham.

Any diet which allows these is not going to help you lose much weight. They are simply not good for the body. LCDs that greatly restrict carbs tend to allow for the eating of meats on a heavy-duty basis. Some of these meats cause cancer and other diseases which lead to mortal results.

It is the quality of the food that matters in the end. Since LCDs lead to an eating of more natural foodstuff, they have weight reduction as a concomitant result.

When a good diet high in proteins was followed, blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels all showed a marked improvement. However, all this comes with a clear warning.

This is that the literature on low-carb diets is limited. More research still needs to be conducted to determine if LCDs are the best overall strategy for weight loss. The limited body of research shows that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to all this.

Every person has to see how far he or she can cut the carbs. It is a case of how far down the rabbit hole you are willing to go in your quest for ideal health and a lean look.

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