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New Study Suggest Low-Carb Diet Better than Low-Fat Diet

By , September 1st, 2014 | 7 Comments »

Study: A low carb diet is better than a low fat diet
According to a new study, a diet low in carbohydrates is better for you than a diet focusing on low fat. Recent trends have already suggested that the low-carb approach is better for losing weight, but this new study suggests low-carb could be better for your heart, as well.

Lead author, Dr. Lydia Bazzano of Tulane University in New Orleans has said that according to her new study, results have shown that with proper nutritional counseling people can in fact lose more weight than a low-fat diet, while simultaneously lowering the risk of heart-disease.  Dr. Bazzano is directly quoted with saying, “This study shows if you are overweight and have cardiovascular disease risk factors and haven’t had success on other diets, certainly a low-carbohydrate diet is worth a try.”

As there had been no solid results before this new study, researchers feared the outcome because diets low in carbs tend to be higher in fats; patients who were suffering from or at risk of heart-disease were advised against attempting this method, if they were advised about it at all. This latest study puts to bed many of the concerns that were once holding doctors and nutritionists alike back from suggesting a low-carbohydrate diet as an alternative means of both lowering risk and losing weight.

Carbohydrates are typically found in foods like sugar, starches, fiber and are used to provide our bodies with energy. Not all carbohydrates are bad, but the ones we encounter most frequently are. Bad carbs can be found in things like refined wheats, processed chocolates, and a multitude of other places. The carbohydrates found in things like fruits and whole grains are generally considered healthier than the former.

The results were rather impressive, with those who had dieted by reducing their carbs had lost an average of 8 pounds more than those who had participated in the low-fat diet. To add the proverbial icing to the cake, the results had also shown no increase in patients’ cholesterol levels.

Dr. David Jenkins of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto and the Keenan Research Center at St. Michael’s Hospital was quoted saying, “I think it’s another testament to what one can do with a more plant-based diet using the right macronutrient profile,” though he had no direct involvement in Dr. Bazzano’s study.

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  • david says:

    The key to all these is to do it all in moderation. All carbs or all low fats isn’t good for your health. Have some of both and don’t overload on either. Balanced healthy meals is the way to go.

  • Jorge says:

    Eating habits are just that: habits. It’s not easy to change one’s habits, and in the end, it’s all psychological. Try convincing a vegetarian to eat meat, or a person who regularly eats meat to become a vegetarian. In the same way, getting off of carbohydrates is no different. This study is not complete without involving the connection of dietary habits with the brain and how sugar affects one’s cravings not unlike tobacco addiction. Cultural orientation compounds the problem since many people are averse to killing animals for food.

  • Michael says:

    Sorry David, but you’ve got to eat something, and the only available options are fats, carb or protein. We already know that proteins (1) are necessary for health, but don’t give you energy, and (2) shouldn’t exceed 10-20% of your intake of calories, otherwise they will cause health issues and just metabolize into sugar (glycogen actually). So you’re got to choose between fats or carbs for the rest. Perhaps that’s what this study (which I haven’t read yet) was trying to address. imho.

  • Susan says:

    I’m retired and live alone. I haven’t eaten meals for many years. I get up late and eat when I want. I keep track of calories in general and avoid refined sugar (makes my blood glucose go way up) and too much meat. When I eat meat I eat the fat on it as well. I only eat bread with whole grains. I eat a lot of avocados and nuts, watermelon, cantaloupes, oranges, some apples. Out of season I eat jarred pineapple and peaches and frozen peaches with yogurt, almond milk, and oatmeal in a smoothie. I also eat a lot of sardines and jarred artichokes. I should eat more dark greens and like kale in a blender with V8; and two buttered toasts on the side. My maintenance calories are 2,000/day from experience. Before I started eliminating the refined sugar I lost the sight in one eye which cannot be repaired.

  • Bob Skinner says:

    “This latest study puts to bed….” One study by one doctor does not closes the issue.

    The gist of this article, which don’t know if it accurately represents the study is comparing general carbohydrates against lean meats. How about a selected types of carbohydrates vs. lean meats.

  • Jim says:

    This is utter nonsense. The low carb diet is unhealthy in the long run. Cholesterol doesn’t change because it was bad to begin with. Eat low carb if you want to get sicker.

  • I think before you change your diet, you should ask your doctor first just to make sure. I love the idea of low carb diet too.


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