Low fat diets better than cutting carbs
A new US health study suggests that cutting your fat intake rather than the number of calories is a faster way to lose weight.
Scientists monitored two different diets, one with a low fat intake and the other with a low calorie intake. The results showed that the low fat intake diet was more successful for people that wanted to lose weight.
The theory is that the less carbohydrates you eat the lower your level of insulin, which subsequently means fat is released from the body’s stores.
"All of those things do happen with carb reduction and you do lose body fat, but not as much as when you cut out the fat," said lead researchers Dr Kevin Hall, from the US-based National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
The study comprised of 19 obese people who were given 2,700 calories a day. Then over a number of different weeks they were given a number of different diets including diets that avoided fat and diets that cut calories by a third.
The diet that cut out fat was the most successful for weight loss beating the lower calorie and carbohydrate diets. Some health experts disagree with this new research, however most agree that the best diet for yourself is a diet that you can stick to.