Low Carb Beats Low Fat for Weight Loss
Low-fat diets may not be the best way to lose weight, suggests an analysis of 53 published trials involving 68,128 participants. The studies all compared low-fat diets with other types of diets, including low carb and those containing higher amounts of fat. Weight loss or maintenance was the goal for 40 of the studies, while the others were investigating outcomes such as cancer and heart disease. In the weight-loss trials, low-carbohydrate diets produced better weight loss than did low-fat ones, by about 2½ pounds. Low-fat diets didn’t reduce weight more than higher-fat diets and only led to greater weight loss when compared with groups of people given no particular dietary instructions. Still, the best diet for you? A healthy one you can stick with to meet and maintain your weight and other health goals.
Source: The Lancet, published online Oct. 30, 2015