Cutting Fat May Be More Effective Than Cutting Carbs
Research from the National Institutes of Health suggests trimming the fat in your diet may be more effective for losing weight than cutting carbs, at least in the short term.
For the study, 19 adults who qualified as obese were given identical exercise routines. With each visit to a hospital as part of the study, they reduced their calorie intake by 30 percent. However, on their first visit they reduced calories by cutting carbs for six days. During the second, they cut fat from their diets.
Compared with a fat loss of 53 grams (1.9 ounces) from cutting carbs, reducing the amount of fat led to an average weight loss of 89 grams (3.1 ounces). But researchers think the weight loss difference is only temporary, and over time may level out. They added the fat loss may not have been due to reducing the amount of calories. Instead, the body burned the same amount of fat in both experiments, but due to the larger difference between fat consumed and burned in the second experiment, weight loss occurred.
Due to the controlled nature of these hospital experiments, researchers say it’s hard to tell how well the results will carry over into real life. But the results do offer solid evidence that low-carb diets aren’t clearly superior for fat loss.