Low-carb, high-fat diets like the Atkins and ketogenic diets are becoming increasingly popular as more medical experts embrace unprocessed saturated fat as an essential part of a healthy diet.

Professor Grant Schofield, a public-health professor at Auckland University of Technology in Zealand, said his research shows that a low-carb, high-fat diet accelerates weight loss and prevents disease. “When you start eating carbs, you start burning carbs, and when you start eating fat, you start burning fat,” he told NZ 3 News.

Schofield has tested the high-fat, low-carb diet on himself and a group of athletes at the Millennium Institute of Sport in Auckland. After comparing the results of the low-carb, high fat (LCHF) diet with other diets used in 20 randomized, clinical medical trials, he concluded that LCHF is the optimal approach for producing weight loss and curbing disease.

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