Low-Carb vs. Low-Fat Diets
Posted on: 2013-09-29 23:48:14 Ft.
Is one diet strategy better than the other? According to a 2005 study – one is more favorable the other! See below for details.
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati divided 50 healthy, moderately obese subjects with similar body weight and body fat levels into two groups. One group followed a low-carb (around 20%), high-fat (around 55%) diet. The other group consumed a low-fat (around 30%), high-carb (around 50%) diet. Both groups followed their respective dieting strategy for 4 months and consumed, on average, the same amount of total calories per day.
The results showed that those who followed a low-carb diet lost 21.6 pounds with 13.7 of those pounds coming from fat. Conversely, the low-fat dieters lost 13.5 pounds with 7.1 pounds of that being from fat. As you can, those who followed a low-carb diet lost more weight and fat.
So, does that mean low-carb diets are better than low-fat diets for fat loss? In this instance – yes! However, keep in mind that everyone is different and, therefore, one will respond differently than others to certain dieting strategies. In fact, some people can get absolutely shredded on a higher carb intake. That being said, the take-home message is that you need to find out what works best for you.
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Brehm BJ., et al. 2005. The Role of Energy Expenditure in the Differential Weight Loss in Obese Women on Low-Fat and Low-Carbohydrate Diets. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 90(3):1475-82.