You've probably seen the headlines over the last week: low-carb diet is better than low-fat. My latest blog post on HeartandStyleWoman.com goes beyond the headlines and explores a few of the questions that have arisen about the study.
When it comes to finding the best way to lose weight, it all comes down to individual preferences and metabolic needs. That’s the finding of a new study comparing three popular weight loss diets, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. But the results of the study won’t stop the diet wars from raging on. In fact, the trial, which compared a low-carb/Atkins based diet, Mediterranean style diet and a low-fat diet recommended by the American Heart Association, has left many scratching their heads.
Although all three diet groups lost weight, the low-carb, Atkins based group lost the most weight–10 pounds on average, compared to nearly 8 pounds for the Mediterranean and 6 pounds for the low-fat group. The difference in weight loss between the groups was small, but why did researchers conclude that the Mediterranean and low-carb diets are “effective and safe alternatives” to low fat diets?
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