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LoFat Vs. LoCarb

There has been some debate as to which diet works better: a low fat diet or a diet that’s low in carbohydrates. Both fats and carbohydrates contribute to weight gain, but they affect the body differently. Carbohydrates are converted to sugars and used as energy, the excess of which is stored in the body as fat. Fats are densely caloric, so the more fat in your diet the more calories you are taking in and this is converted into fat. Likewise, fats are easily stored in the body so the fats you eat can easily add to your waistline.
So if you were to go on a diet, which is the better one to sacrifice: fats or carbs? Studies have shown that when it comes to losing weight in the quickest time possible, lowering carbohydrate intake would get the vote. According to studies conducted over a six week period, people who adopted the low carbohydrate diet lost 9-13 more pounds that those on the low fat diet. However, when studies conducted over the period of a year were analyzed, it was shown that the low carb dieters regained some pounds while the low fat dieters caught up in terms of weight lost.

Some people who are against low carb diets argue that the diet allows the consumption of more amounts of bad cholesterols by not limiting the amounts of saturated fats in their diets. However, studies of both groups in the yearlong studies showed that there was no significant difference between the LDL levels of both groups. Low carb dieters though, have been shown to have lower blood fats and good cholesterols were better too. It has been surmised that a low carb diet is more recommended for people suffering from type 2 diabetes because of its suggested nature.

The averages derived from the studies are suggestive but are not conclusive. There was a wide range in terms of weight differences in weight lost (or gained) in the diet plans to be able to draw a conclusion. Experts agree however, that low-carb diets should be supplemented by the intake of healthier fats from better sources such as olive oils and plant derived oils instead of saturated fats and trans fats. Low fat diets should also supplement their diets by taking in carbohydrates from healthier sources like foods made from whole grains and foods composed of complex carbohydrates.

People who are serious about losing weight should talk to their doctors and dieticians about the best diet recommendations for them. At the end of the day, diets are influenced by many individual factors such as genetics and personal taste that there is no cookie cutter solution for everyone. You might want to experiment with your diet and see which one works best for you.