A group of researchers published the best test of those claims to date in the journal American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
They didn’t find evidence that carbs are the magic key to weight and fat loss. But the study demonstrates just how controversial and fraught the low-carb idea is, and how, despite all the magical claims, there’s a lot we still don’t understand about this diet.
A new study comparing a low-carbohydrate diet with a low-fat diet found no important differences in weight loss or other important outcomes between the two diets. Some experts believe the result shows that the debate over the relative worth of these different diets has been overblown and confirms the view that calories count. Others say that the issue is not yet settled and that the study did not test the effectiveness of a true low-carb diet.
The Atkins diet and the many other low-carb diets that followed in its footsteps have turned out to be less effective, and less healthy, than originally claimed. Often, the weight returned, and as it did, problems such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure came back, too. Also, in the end, many people decided they didn’t want to go through life without ever eating pasta again.
There are not many cardiologists who embrace butter and coconut oil as health foods. But Dr. Malhotra rejects the decades-old mantra that eating foods rich in saturated fat causes heart disease, and he has been leading a campaign to change public opinion about fats, sugar and what constitutes a healthy diet.
I’ve been eating a high-fat, carb-restricted diet for almost 20 years, since I started as an experiment when investigating nutrition research for the journal Science. I find it’s easy for me to maintain a healthy weight when I eat this way. But even after two decades, the sensation of being on the edge of a slippery slope is ever-present.
Can low-carb diets really help people lose weight? Of course they can. But that doesn’t necessarily make them your best choice. In fact, if you exercise regularly, reducing your carb intake too far can be a bad idea.
The secret to healthy weight loss may have nothing to do with how many carbs or how much fat you eat. Read on to find the surprising factor that might make all the difference.
This is exactly- and I mean exactly- what happens when partisans of “low-carb” and partisans of “low-fat” discuss weight loss. But, you might say, isn’t that all based on science? What is there to disagree about? Hard facts are hard facts, right? Actually, “hard facts” are anything but hard.
Don’t be fooled by the promises of riding your way to good health and a slim figure on a river of ice cream and butter. Stick with what scientists have known for decades: A low-fat, plant-based diet is decidedly best for our health.
There are definitely positives, but you should be aware of the negatives too.
Players say ‘ketogenic’ diet makes them leaner and reduces soreness after exercise, allowing them to train with greater intensity and for longer periods.
I know it’s hard to believe carbs can make us fatter than fat. It also defies the seemingly-healthy labeling on food products. But as you’re reaching for that “no-fat” yogurt, “low-fat” bread, “fat-free” cookie package, look around you. Are most people fat or slim?
“We have to get out of the fat phobia mind-set,” Dr. Hu stressed, adding that we also have to abandon the idea that all complex carbohydrates are good.
A new study comparing low-carbohydrate diets to low-fat diets is making waves with the finding that cutting down on carbs not only results in more dramatic weight loss, but is also more successful at reducing the risk of cardiovascular heart disease than a traditional low-fat diet.
The reason, I believe, most of these diets have some efficacy – at least in the short-term – is that they all reduce sugar and highly refined carbohydrate intake, either explicitly or implicitly.
People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows.
There are many other mechanisms by which low-carb diets exert their beneficial effects on bodyweight and body composition. Let’s take a look...
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