Here’s what the latest research shows: both of these diets can help people lose weight, but it’s hard to say which one you should choose. In fact, neither option is superior, according to researchers at Stanford University. They found that cutting carbs or fats helps people lose weight in about the same proportion.
Additionally, the Stanford study found that a person’s insulin levels and specific genotype pattern couldn’t predict whether someone would lose weight on a low-carb diet or a low-fat diet.
“We’ve all heard stories of a friend who went on one diet — it worked great — and then another friend tried the same diet, and it didn’t work at all,” said Christopher Gardner, PhD, professor of medicine and the lead author of the study in a news release. “It’s because we’re all very different, and we’re just starting to understand the reasons for this diversity. Maybe we shouldn’t be asking what’s the best diet, but what’s the best diet for whom?”
Of course the best way to figure out a healthy eating plan is to consult a Registered Dietitian or a weight-loss specialist.
But the recent Stanford research, which followed roughly 600 people on either a low-carb or a low-fat diet, offers some important insight to weight loss. The fundamental strategy for losing weight with either a low-fat or a low-carb diet was similar, Gardner said. The trick for both diets is to eat less sugar, less refined flour and as many vegetables as possible. People should choose whole foods.
“On both sides, we heard from people who had lost the most weight that we had helped them change their relationship to food, and that now they were more thoughtful about how they ate,” Gardner said.
If you need help losing weight, consult Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute for an individualized approach to help you reach your goals.