Low Fat Diets are not Better for Losing Weight
Pour the skim fat milk down the drain and throw away that low fat yoghurt. Research has confirmed that low fat diets are a myth and do not contribute to weight loss in the long term when compared to other diets, including those that are high in fat.
Deidre Tobia, a US based epidemiologist and lead author, says that she ‘was not surprised to see low fat diets were not effective.’ She goes on to say that there is ‘no good evidence for recommending low fat diets.’
A US based study that has been publish in The Lancet medical journal concluded that low fat diets do not lead to an increase in weight loss. The study reviewed 53 diets and involved more than 68,000 non pregnant adults found that there was no difference in the average weight loss between those who consumed a diet of low fats to those who consumed a diet of high fats.
Its higher fat and lower carbohydrate diets that the study found are better for weight loss. The Harvard University researchers concluded.
Other studies have found which diets are good for weight loss:
- High protein, low carb diet: A Sydney University study revealed that while a high protein, low carb diet can help you lose weight, it may also help you die younger;1 In this study, it was a high carbohydrate, low protein diet that helped the mice live longer by 50 per cent even though it made them fat;
- The Mediterranean Diet: This diet consumes lots of healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, fish, olive oil, legumes, vegetables and wholegrains with sugar, meat and highly processed foods consumed only in small amounts. This diet has been welcomed by nutritionists and health care professionals as the diet that has been associated with longevity;
- Low fat products: Low fat products are often marketed as a healthier option, but are often dripping with sugar.
The key is to eat a balanced diet with an occasional treat. This means a diet filled with a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, wholegrains, legumes, fish, dairy, poultry and meat.
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