A new study has revealed that the key to weight loss is not through cutting carbohydrates, but rather the cutting of fats.
In the study published in the Cell Metabolism journal, a team of scientists from the US National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease discovered that cutting fat ensured more body fat loss, when compared to those who cut carbs.
What did the study entail?
During the study 19 obese adults were put on a diet either cutting fat or cutting carbs.
After 6 days the researchers looked at the volunteers and concluded that while both sets lost body fat, those who lost the higher percentage were those who reduced their fat intake.
The results were as follows:
- Those who cut carbs lost 245g of body fat
- Those who cut fat lost 463g of body fat
Lead researcher Dr Kevin Hall had this to say about the results:
“With carb reduction you do lose body fat, but not as much as when you cut out the fat.”
So should you choose a low fat diet for weight loss?
While this study has shown that low fat trumps low carb diets, the lead researcher still believes that you should stick with whatever diet you are most comfortable with.
“If it’s easier to stick to one diet than another, and to ideally do it permanently, then you should choose that diet.”
This view is shared by professor Susan Jebb, from the University of Oxford, who had her own opinion to share:
“The investigators rightly conclude that the best diet for weight loss is the diet you can stick to.”
“All diets ‘work’ if you stick to an eating plan that cuts calories, whether from fat or carbohydrate, but sticking to a diet is easier said than done, especially given the prolonged time it takes to lose weight.”
So, while low fat diets have been shown to be more effective, not everyone will find them as easy to adjust too. For those people, a low carb diet might be better, or perhaps one of the thousands of other variations available.
Whatever you choose, if you are overweight then you owe it to yourself to try and lose a few of those excess pounds so that you can experience an improvement in your overall health.