Science says we lose weight by going low-fat

A small US study has claimed that diets that are low in fat are more effective than reducing carbohydrates when attempting to shed body fat.1

The study examined a group of 19 obese men and women for a period of six days, with some given a low-fat diet, while the rest ate a low-carbohydrate.

While both groups lost weight over this period, the low-fat group lost more body fat, while the low-carb group lost more weight overall. However, it is generally accepted that shedding body fat is more beneficial for our health over a longer period of time.

It is clear that these short-term and extreme restrictions will never really close the debate between low-fat and low-carb diets, although the results differed by around half a kilo after six days.

Instead, if you are attempting to lose weight you are better off cutting down your overall calorie count by minimising your intake of foods and drinks high in saturated fats and sugars.

Reference

1 Hall KD, Bemis T, Brychta R, et al. Calorie for Calorie, Dietary Fat Restriction Results in More Body Fat Loss than Carbohydrate Restriction in People with Obesity. Cell Metabolism. Published online August 13 2015

News sources

Low-fat diets 'better than cutting carbs' for weight loss. BBC News, August 14 2015

STILL the great diet debate rages: Low-carb 'is best for weight loss but forsaking fat is BETTER for your health', latest study reveals. Daily Mail, August 14 2015

Cutting fat from your diet 'is BETTER for losing weight than cutting carbs'. Daily Mirror, August 14 2015