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Published On: Sun, Feb 25th, 2018

Is Low-Fat or Low-Carb Diet Better for Weight Loss? Answer Found!

And that answer is ‘neither’ because both low-fat and low-carb diet plans are equally effective. A study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has finally settled the decades-long debate on which diet is better. There are differences in these meal plans and their effects on people differ quite a bit. However, the reason for this is that each person is unique and the scientists have yet to determine why for some individuals one diet works out better than the other.

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Low-Fat Vs. Low-Carb Diet: Are They Really Equal?

Low-fat and low-carb diets aren’t the same, but they are equal in their ability to help people lose weight. Do you want to know another interesting thing?

Any healthy diet can help you lose weight if you achieve a negative energy balance.

This means that you need to consume fewer calories than you burn off during a day. For maximum efficiency, this meal plan needs to be complemented with a physical exercise routine and appropriate supplements.

A perfect weight loss plan will look something like this:

  • A healthy diet that includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It should exclude any ‘empty-calorie’ products, such as junk food, soda, etc.
  • A supplement that helps you enhance some effect of the weight loss program. It’s usually best to start with phentermine diet pills. Appetite suppressants taken at the beginning of a diet change help one’s body adjust to the reduction in food intake. Then you can use additional products, like capsaicin or caffeine supplements that enhance fat burning and the efficiency of weight reduction during workouts respectively. However, today you can find products that will do all of the above due to their cocktail of ingredients.
  • A workout plan that includes some cardio and strength training. Cardio exercises are the most efficient for fat burning. Resistance training helps you build up lean muscle mass and boosts your health.

As you can see, the diet being low-carb or low-fat matters little as a healthy diet won’t have excess of either. But if these diets are equal, as has been proven by the latest study, why is it still true that some people find one of them to be more effective than the other?

Why Low-Fat and Low-Carb Diets Act Differently with Different People?

When discussing his recent study, professor of medicine Christopher Gardner, PhD expressed an interesting thought. It boils down to the point that it’s not correct to ask ‘which diet works best? But to ask ‘which diet will work best for me?’.

The answer to that question will depend on many factors that researchers have yet to identify and measure. It’s known that genes play an important part, but so does the environment, health, insulin levels, and many others.

In the end, the only thing that is certain is that every person is a unique biochemical organism. Therefore, they react differently to the changes in their meal plans. That’s why some people achieve amazing results with a low-carb diet, while switching to a low-fat has no effect.

Predicting which group you fall into is not yet possible. It might never be possible as it’s reasonable to assume that the majority of people have varied levels of ‘affinity’ for either of these diets.

Therefore, the best weight loss solution is to use a healthy and low-calorie diet. Exclude sugars, refined grains, and all those ‘comfort foods’ that really aren’t good for you. This alone should prove efficient enough.

Of course, you can and probably should try a variety of specialized diet plans. Give them a try to see if something will work better for you personally. However, never forget that a good meal plan must provide you with all essential food groups and a sufficient number of calories for you to function properly.

Author: Jane Koval

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