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According to a recent research, it has been found out that neither low fat diets which are less in fat nor low carb diets which involve consuming less carbohydrates are very effective in the long run in order to lose weight.
There has always been a debate regarding whether a low-fat diet is best in losing weight or a low-carb diet would be a better option to shed those extra kilos. In order to reach the findings, the researchers evaluated around 53 different studies conducted to compare the amount of weight people had lost in a year while following different diet regimes.
The few common diets followed by the participants included low-fat diets like the popular high-carb diet formulated by Dr. Dean Ornish, the low-carbohydrate diet, such as the popular program created by Dr. Robert Atkins, and high-fat diets like the Mediterranean menu which recent research has shown has various health benefits.
It was found out that participants who were on a low-fat diet received less than 30% of the calories from fat. Those participants who were on a high-fat and low-carb diets generally got more than 30% of the calories from fat and less than 10% from carbohydrates.
The researchers after observation found out that out of all these diets none of them had a long term effect when it came to losing weight.
Lead author of the study and epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Dr. Deirdre Tobias said, “We thought (comparing) low vs. high fat diets would help us identify the optimal diet, but it’s clear that just focusing on how much fat is in your diet is not what is going to help address the obesity epidemic.”
The findings of the research were published in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.