Low-Fat Diets Aren’t Enough to Lose Weight
You think switching to a low-fat diet is enough to help you lose wieght? Think again. A new study concludes that low-fat diets are no more effective at bringing weight loss than high-fat diets if they contain the same number of calories.
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston compared the effects of high-fat diets, low-fat diets, low-carb diets and not dieting at all, and they found no real difference in a person's weight loss when they compared low-fat and high-fat diets. Low-fat diets were found only to be more effective than not dieting at all.
The research involved data taken from 53 studies comprising of 68,000 adults.
While low-fat diets may not be that effective in causing weight loss, the researchers noted that they can prompt people to make healthier choices and lower their overall fat intake. However, to be truly effective, this needs to be supplemented with a reduction in refined grains, processed meats, and an increase in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
The study clearly reinforces a basic tenet of weight loss: Cutting calories is what really matters.