‘Science does not support low-fat diets . . .’ – study

‘Science does not support low-fat diets . . .’ – study

Low-fat diets do not yield greater weight loss than other slimming regimes, said a study Friday, adding to the long-running debate on how best to shed extra pounds or kilos. A review of 53 scientific studies, covering nearly 70,000 adults in several countries, found “no good evidence for recommending low-fat diets,” said lead author Deirdre Tobias of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts.

“The science does not support low-fat diets as the optimal long-term weight loss strategy.”

In fact, low-carbohydrate diets led to greater weight loss than low-fat ones, according to study results published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal. Weight loss on a low-fat diet was just 360 grammes (13 ounces), compared to 1.15 kilogrammes (2.5 pounds) on a higher-fat, low-carbohydrate eating plan.

As the world’s population grows ever fatter, the quest for an easy weight-loss plan has taken a high priority. Read more


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