In the ongoing quest for that elusive, miracle-working weight-loss program, many Americans have hopped on the low-carb bandwagon. However, a recent study has shown that the best way to lose weight may not involve cutting carbohydrates. Instead, it suggests fats should be targeted.
In a new Cell Metabolism study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, researchers compared the effects of low-carb versus low-fat diets in 19 obese individuals. Each participant cut their overall total calories by almost one-third of their original diets. The overall study population was then divided into two groups: half cut carbs, while the others cut fats.
The study results may not be what low-carb eaters (or die-hard followers of the Atkins Diet) want to hear.
The results suggest that while low-carb dieters may lose slightly more weight and lower their insulin levels than those who cut fat, the reduced-fat dieters actually lost more body fat than those who cut carbs.
While these findings are promising, it’s also important to remember not to deprive yourself of too much. This can actually have the opposite effect — when your body feels deprived of a certain food, it can crave it even more. These cravings can often lead to impulse-eating, which is obviously not conducive to weight loss.