STATES CHRONICLE – A new, large study has concluded that a diet low in fat might not be the best way to lose weight, and it’s certainly not the most effective one. The researchers emphasize an issue that is highly popular and on many people’s minds. However, it seems that cutting out fats does not necessarily lead to the best weight-loss plan.
In a population that is growing more concerned with obesity, which leads to cardiovascular disease and diabetes in return, shedding pounds is a grave concern. And it’s a confusing world out there. There are hundreds of diets and regimes, all with conflicting ideals, and each one of them boasting the best results.
The main key remains in calorie intake. By reducing them by 500 to 1,000 calories per day, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that you will be losing 1-2 pounds per week. However, the question remains on what exactly to cut out of your normal habits to achieve that number. Low-fat diets have been high on the list of recommendations.
Researchers analyzed data from 53 different cases, involving 68,000 people, comparing average weight loss between three diet plans: low-fat, high-fat, low-carbohydrates, and no diet at all. They also took the intensity of the diets into consideration. The conclusion has been that some people would always opt for taking out fats from their diet.
No matter what, saturated fats or trans fats are overall unhealthy, beyond promoting weight gain. Trimming down their numbers is generally a good idea for a better lifestyle. A low-fat diet is still healthy regardless, just by limiting their intake.
However, where weight loss is concerned, a low-fat diet has essentially no better effects than any other option. In fact, its benefits were suggested to be only ‘better than nothing’. Weight loss has been registered just when the results were compared to participants who didn’t follow a diet at all.
Cutting out fat has been a focused-on goal for most looking to shed some pounds. This was a near instinctive recommendation, because 1 gram of fat contains twice more calories than 1 gram of carbohydrate or proteins. The study claims the contrary.
Their findings have emphasized the simple fact that maintaining a weight loss plan for a long period of time seems to be the issue. Whether low-fat, high-fat or low-carb, people struggle with achieving long-term effects. Low-fat diets have shown themselves to be exceptionally bad at presenting with durable effects.
The issue is now tackled on both the intensity, and focusing on a healthier diet that each one feels they can keep. Including food that they prefer will reach long-term benefits.
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