There is No Difference Between Low-fat and Low-carb Diets

Ebony Scott
February 22, 2018

The academics believe this is because some are more suited to different types of diet as their bodies are better at burning off carbs or fat. Reducing either carbohydrates or fats from the diet shaves off excess weight in about the same proportion, claims a new study. Those in the low-fat group lost about 11.7 pounds on average, while the members of the low-carb group lost a little more than 13 pounds.

Even though cutting calories wasn't a goal for these dieters, people might still achieve this by replacing junk food with healthier alternatives, said Kevin Hall, a researcher at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases who wasn't involved in the study.

Further, huge weight loss variability was observed among the participants of both the groups.

"Also, we advised them to diet in a way that didn't make them feel hungry or deprived - otherwise it's hard to maintain the diet in the long run". A team from Stanford University School of Medicine set out to discover which is better - low-fat or low-carb - and discovered that, actually, neither is.

The study was covered reasonably accurately in the United Kingdom media. Some people gained weight, and some lost as much as 50 to 60 pounds.

What kind of research was this?

The study was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

What did the research involve?

One of the companies that sells DNA tests that promise to guide customers to the most-likely-to-succeed diet, Pathway Genomics, did not respond to requests for comment. And regardless of your diet, choose to eat less sugar, less refine flout and as many vegetables as possible. Participants were divided into a low-carb and low-fat group.

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After the second month, the researchers allowed both groups to progressively increase their carb or fat intake to a sustainable level.

People were weighed and measured after 3 months, 6 months and 12 months, and filled out sporadic food questionnaires to see how closely they were following the diet.

Considering some facilities have cashed in on DNA-based diets, the results are important in disproving the notion that DNA plays any significant role in how efficiently a person loses weight.

There was no significant difference in weight change between a healthy low-fat diet versus a healthy low-carbohydrate diet in a 12-month study, and neither genotype pattern nor baseline insulin secretion was associated with dietary effects on weight loss. The other group went low-fat, starting with no more than 20 grams of fat per day, the equivalent to a handful of nuts.

The only difference between the groups was in lipid levels in the blood. We said, 'Don't go out and buy a low-fat brownie just because it says low fat. He said some people are more satiated on whole grains and some people are more satiated with healthy fats.

Of course, losing some weight, any weight is important to reduce health risks, but it will serve individuals best if they can maintain the lost weight so committing to changes in their relationship to food matters most, the experts agree.

In diet studies, the average often doesn't tell the whole story.

The theory that some diets work better for some people may still hold true - but not for the reasons previously suggested. Or there may be genetic variations at work - just not the ones that have been identified as potential explanations so far. Another large study is underway, with results expected soon, that may shed additional light on those factors.

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