Are you trying to lose weight and wondering which diet is the best way to go about it? For countless of years, people have been debating about low-fat vs low-carb diets and which is better for weight loss. Both sides of the camp have their arguments on why their method works the best.
Well, you now no longer need to have a headache on deciding which diet is the best for weight loss. It seems that both diets are equally effective in helping with weight loss.
According to ScienceDaily, a study was done on 609 participants between the ages of 18 to 50. Splitting into two groups, one group took a low-fat diet while the other took a low-carb diet, and they were to maintain the diet for a year.
Before the study began, the gene patterns of the participants have tested as well as bodies insulin outputs. The results were later used as predictors of weight loss.
What is key in this study is that both either low-fat or the low-carb diet group was taking in healthy sources of food and was to maintain their diet in a way which they don’t feel hungry or deprived.
“We wanted them to choose a low-fat or low-carb diet plan that they could potentially follow forever, rather than a diet that they’d drop when the study ended,” said Christopher Gardner, PhD, professor of medicine and the lead author of the study.
They were also to slowly increase their carbs or fat intake over the year to reach a balance which the participants believe that they could live off this diet for the rest of their lives. The average group that was on the low-carb diet had an average carb intake of 132 grams per day, while the low-fat diet group was eating about 57 grams of fat per day.
At the end of the study, both sides of the camp lost on average 5kg. The study also shows that gene patterns and bodies insulin outputs didn’t favour either of the diets regarding weight loss.
This means that weight loss is not restricted to a certain diet, the reason why either diet work is because of the choices you make in your food. If you are eating more healthy foods(not overeating) and less of the processed foods, you will lose weight no matter which diet you choose.
“On both sides, we heard from people who had lost the most weight that we had helped them change their relationship to food, and that now they were more thoughtful about how they ate,” said Gardner.
Being more mindful of what you are eating and incorporating exercise will keep you healthy and reach your weight loss goals.
So if you are still wondering if you should go low-fat or low-carb? Choose the best sustainable way of eating for you. After all, you are going to do it for life.