A major new study has thrown down the gauntlet and provided some compelling evidence regarding the popular new dogma that low carb diets are superior to low fat diets for weight loss. Is this really the case?
A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine followed a racially diverse group of people over one year, comparing weight loss in low carb eaters versus low fat, without regard for calories. At the conclusion of the study, the low carb group lost 8 pounds more than the low fat group, had significant reductions in body-fat percentage, and increased gains in lean muscle mass (despite not changing their physical activity levels!).
I’ve long preached, along with many other prominent health leaders, that counting calories is a recipe for failure if you are trying to lose weight. The renowned Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian PhD, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, commented on the findings saying ‘it shows that in a free-living setting, cutting your carbs helps to lose weight without focusing on calories’.
Calorie counting simply does not take into account the most important driving force behind improved body composition and metabolism… your hormones!
The new findings in this study empower people to stop counting calories, put aside the zero calorie sweeteners, and simply focus on changing the composition of your meal: increase your protein, increase your fats, increase your veggies, and cut down on the carbs.
This is a great starting point for anyone trying to lose weight or improve their health!
Dr. Marc Bubbs ND, CSCS