What's Better for Weight Loss: A Low-Carb or Low-Fat Diet?
Call it 'Atkins'. Or 'Paleo'. Call it what you will.
Though these two mega popular diets do have their differences, what they have in common is that they are both low in carbs. And low carb diets have recently been clinically proven to be better for your overall health and for weight loss. We're not suggesting feasting on bacon, eggs, butter, cheese and other high fatty foods loved by Atkins dieters. But we do encourage you to check in with your current diet: Are you eating low carb? Specifically, are you restricting and limiting starchy carbs like white flour and mashed potatoes? If not, we have a solution for you. But in the meantime, let's review a little about what the study said....
148 Obese Volunteers Tracked for One Year...Results are Shocking!
The study was conducted at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, USA and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The group was split evenly into two groups:
- Low-carb diet with less than 40 grams of digestible (non-fibrous) carbs per day
- Low-fat diet with less than 30 percent of daily calories from fat, and 55 percent from carbohydrates
But the Low Carb group, under the supervision of a dietician, consumed about 40% of their total daily caloric intake from fat. That exceeds the official United States Dietary Guidelines, which caps daily intake of fat grams at no more than 35%.
- Lost, on average, almost 18 more kilograms than the those in the Low Fat Group
- Triglyceride levels dropped. So did inflammatory blood markers.
- Decreased heart disease risk markers
- Lost body fat and gained lean muscle
- Increased HDL ('good') cholesterol levels
Conclusion: If your doctor tells you to eat a low-fat diet, take that advice with a grain of salt!*
Physician and Miracle Noodle Founder & President, Jonathan Carp, M.D., is passionate about nutrition. He pays particularly close attention to these weight loss studies.
Many of his patients have had lots of success going on a low-carb diet. But the biggest challenge facing his patients isn't contradictory advice by other doctors or health experts. Nope, it's always having enough low-carb choices to eat. And let's face it: low-starch veggies are great and should be consumed daily in copious amounts.
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