Americans spend billions of dollars each year on diets. There are diets to fit any lifestyle, interest or favorite food. Traditionally, those diets have fallen into two major camps: low-fat vs low-carb. Most low-fat diets put an emphasis on eating lean protein and dairy, fruits, vegetables and breads and starches like potatoes, rice, bread and pasta. Low-carb diet are higher in protein and fats like butter, cheese and whole fat dairy products, with limited to no breads and starches.
A new study published recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine is providing more weight to the low-carb vs low-fat debate. The study of 148 men and women was conducted over a full year; one group was given a low-carbohydrate diet, the other a low-fat diet. The study concluded that a low-carbohydrate diet was more effective for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction than a low-fat diet.
Some experts point out that despite the compelling results from this study around weight loss, other factors need to be considered before recommending one type of diet over another.