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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Low Carb Diet versus Low Fat Diet

This debate may never be settled. What is more effective, a low carb diet or a low fat diet? Mind you, the question was not "what is healthier?", but, rather, what is more effective for weight loss?

My own personal experience tells me that, to achieve significant and sustained weight loss, a low carb diet is best. In fact, whenever I wanted to drop weight quickly in the past (e.g. sports), I lowered my intake of carb grams and over several weeks I lost substantial weight, though I am sure the initial weight loss was mostly water. According to the journal, Nutrition and Metabolism, seven out of ten male subjects in one study lost more weight on a low carb diet versus a low fat diet.

Some individuals, of course, will immediately jump to the conclusion that a low carb must naturally be high in saturated fat. Where they get this idea, however, I haven't a clue. A person can adjust their diet to lower their carb count while not allowing their fat intake to rise to unadvisable levels. The trick is to eat lean meats and include dietary food choices such as legumes. However, it should also be pointed out that not all fat is bad. While trans fat should be eliminated from one's diet, monounsaturated fats are good fats that offer distinct advantages.

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