The Skinny on Low-Fat Diets2survive
A new study is showing that low-carb diets such as the popular Atkins, Paleo and South Beach diets may be better choices for losing weight than low-fat diets.
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, published on their site, that low-carb diets are safe for shorter periods of time and a bit more effective than low-fat diets when it comes to losing weight.
Mayo Clinic doctors’ research from the period of January 2005 to April 2016 looked at the potential side effects and safety of low-carb diets. The findings showed that people on low-carb diets lost anywhere from 2.5 to approximately 9 pounds more than people who were on a low-fat diet during the same period of time. More steak please.
“The best conclusion to draw is that adhering to a short-term low carb diet appears to be safe and may be associated with weight reduction,” said Dr. Heather Fields, who was the lead researcher for the study and an internal medicine Physician at the Mayo Clinic.
Although the study definitely provided some good info, and a good argument to eat more pork chops, the studies didn’t state the types of proteins and fats that participants of the study consumed.
“However, that weight loss is small and of questionable clinical significance in comparison to low fat diets,” said Fields. “We encourage patients to eat real food and avoid highly-processed foods, especially processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, deli meats, hot dogs and ham when following any particular diet.” No bacon? (Read this article about bacon and cancer.)
“Factors like the patient’s genetics and personal history should be considered, along with the diet programs they’ve tried before and, most importantly, their ability to stick to them.” These seem to be very important points to consider. Especially “personal history” as it relates to cancer, heart disease, etc.
As always, be sure to check with your physician before starting any type of new diet or exercise program. Especially if you have a medical condition or are on any medication.