Thursday, September 18, 2014

Low Carb Diet Vs Low Fat Diet: Result

This is the result of a "Randomized Trial" on the "Effects of Low-Carbohydrate" and "Low-Fat Diets" - to examine the effects of both diets on body weight and cardiovascular risk factors. 

148 participants (men and women) without clinical cardiovascular disease and diabetes were taken part in the trial. Sixty participants (82%) in the low-fat group and 59 (79%) in the low-carbohydrate group.

A low-carbohydrate (<40 gram/day) or low-fat (<30% of daily energy intake from total fat [<7% saturated fat]) diet. Both groups received dietary counseling at regular intervals throughout the trial.

At 12 months, participants on the low-carbohydrate diet had greater decreases in weight and fat mass, greater increases in High-density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol level than those on the low-fat diet.

Conclusion: The low-carbohydrate diet was more effective for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction than the low-fat diet. Restricting carbohydrate may be an option for persons seeking to lose weight and reduce cardiovascular risk factors.

Source Annals of Internal Medicine

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