There are many strong opinions out there about what is the best way to lose weight, but it seems a low-fat diet beats out a low-carb diet, according to researchers. It’s one of the most common challenges we face in our day and age, when keeping unhealthy eating habits is far easier and a less expensive than eating right, frustratingly enough.
Most have gone through the process of holding onto a diet throughout their life, and there are many recommendations out there on what is the most efficient way to achieve weight loss. The low-carb Atkins has perhaps quite clearly been deemed the most famous one, through the simple explanation that fewer carbohydrates means lower levels of insulin that leads the body to burning more fat from the body’s storage.
However, scientists have concluded that lowering our fat intake might just be more effective than cutting down on carbohydrates, by conducting a study analyzed by the National Institutes of Health.
They performed a study on 19 people who were categorized within the ranges of obesity, who were initially set at 2,700 calories a day. Over the next of two weeks, they cut down their calorie intake by 30%, through two different methods.
In the first week, they lowered the number of carbohydrates while leaving fat intake the same, and then did the precise opposite on the second week. Every small consumption and minute of exercise or effort on the participants’ part was overseen to make sure there were no other neglected factors not taken into consideration.
By the end of the study, it was revealed that six days on each diet saw different results. In the week when carbs were reduced, the participants lost 245 grams (a little over 0.5 pounds). However, when the levels of fat intake were cut down, the difference was of around 80%, considering the volunteers lost 463 grams (approximately 1 pound) of body fat.
There was no noticed difference between metabolisms, so the researchers claim there is no reason why a low-carb diet should be considered better than a low-fat diet. It was mentioned though, that the participants were in a very strictly observed environment, which rarely happens in real life.
However, here is a truth the scientists underline for all those seeking to lose weight: the best diet is the one you can keep.
Whether it’s cutting down on your fat intake or your carbohydrate consumption, either one will be good for you as long as you trim down your general calorie intake and drink lots of water. The process can differ, but will is the most important tool.
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