Low-Carb Vs. Low-Fat Diet: Which Is Better?

What does it take to release weight and look more like this? A low-carb diet? A low-calorie diet? Turns out... either!

If you want to lose weight, you’re faced with the difficult decision of deciding which diet you’ll embrace. For most of us, there are mainly two types of diets: Diets that restrict carbohydrate intake (think Atkins) and diets that limit calorie/fat consumption.

There has been a lot of recent research on the effectiveness of both types of diets – and a number of studies have compared low-carb and low-fat dieters. One such multi-center study followed low-carb and low-fat dieters for two years. In addition to the dietary restrictions, dieters were given exercise routines and support. At the end of the study, both groups of dieters lost the same amount of weight: an average of 24.2 pounds. Moreover, for the most part, their health parameters were nearly identical.

Other studies have concluded similar findings. Both diets are very effective, especially when combined with exercise and support. So, it’s not really a matter of which diet works – it’s a matter of which diet works for you.

What foods can’t you live without? If pasta and bread come to mind, then low-carb diets probably aren’t sustainable or realistic. You’ll probably opt for a low-fat or low-calorie diet that limits portions of what you’re already eating. If you can’t give up that juicy steak, maybe a low-carb diet is a better approach. And if you can’t give up either the pasta or steak, you’re just screwed (just kidding – even low-carb diets allow for some carbohydrate intake. You can have pasta, just smaller portions and less frequently).

So, if you’re embarking on a weight loss journey, take some time to determine what diet works best for you. And since no two individuals are alike, the diet that works for you may be different than the diet that works for your partner, spouse or friend. It’s about finding a diet that feels sustainable and realistic for you.

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Comments

  1. I opted for the low fat diet, and limited proportions. And combined with Mr Davey Wavey’s guide and workout plan, I’ve successfully lost nearly 30 pounds.

    It can be done, its all about will power!

  2. If been on the “less carbs – more proteins” diet for years. Proteins keep you fuller for longer, and lots of natural proteins like meat and nuts work wonders in supporting a toned body.

    Any eating plan can work for anybody – as long as it is tailored to their lifestyle and goals. The key is balance.If you do lots of cardio and fitness training, then more carbs are needed for easy energy conversion. If you do more muscle building and/or toning, a diet higher in proteins are more suitable.

    Don’t go to the extreme though. Super low fat isn’t good, nor is super high protein diets (especially for us guys).

    • Joel T. Bauza says:

      All three macromolecules (fats, carbohydrates, proteins) should be consumed proportionally according to how your body processes them (essentially what you said in your article). The interesting thing is that the chromosomes you inherit from your parents and the order you inherit them both play into how your body process F/C/P molecules.
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  3. Christopher says:

    I’ve never lost weight so quickly as with the South Beach diet. The problem is I gained it all back and more when I went off. I think it’s a really bad idea to cut carbs (or fat) severely or entirely from one’s diet. That said, I think any good diet would benefit from eating carbs and fat in moderation and whenever possible, opt for healthier carbs (like whole grains over processed flour) or fats (like olive oil over bacon).

  4. The right answer? A balanced diet. Too few carbs can make you light-headed. Too few fats make it impossible to utilize fat-soluble vitamins and can lead to deficiency disease.

    And all carbs are not created equal. Avoid refined flours and sugars. Legumes, beans, whole grains and your salad are good carbs. Nor are all fats created equal. Fish oils, for example, are good fat. Avoid animal fat as much as possible.

    Weight loss is simply calorie in-calorie out. Burn more than you take in, you lose weight. A calorie is simply a measure of energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed. It is either utilized or stored in the body as fat.

    If your diet isn’t sustainable for you in the long term, then you just gain it back when you go off the diet, as Christopher pointed out.

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    definately it does indeed take both diets-together-they can be done-takes lots of determination-it can be done.

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