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Carbs or fats? The hardest ‘would you rather’ going.
However, if you’re looking to lose weight, lots of diets out there promote cutting out or at least restricting either carbohydrates or fats.
But which is better?
A recent study answered this very question, and the results might surprise you.
The study conducted by Stanford University took place over a year and included over 600 men and women with an average age of 40 and an average BMI over 33 (obese).
Throughout the study, the participant's calorie intake was kept nearly identical. However, the macro breakdown was very different.
Whereas one group followed a low-carbohydrate diet, the other followed a low-fat diet.
Those who swear by the keto diet might be surprised, but the results of the study revealed that neither low-fat nor low-carb came out as victorious.
In fact, as long as you’re in a calorie deficit and getting enough protein, it doesn’t make much of a difference!
Whether they were in the low-carb group or the low-fat group, participants all saw the same improvements in their BMI numbers, body fat percentage, waistline, blood pressure and blood glucose levels.
What can we learn?
While different diets may promote cutting out either carbs or fat, it seems that neither comes out on top.
Before worrying about little details, if you want to lose fat then focusing on achieving a calorie deficit and striving to introduce more whole foods into your diet is key.
Rather than fitting your lifestyle around a prescribed diet, it seems that choosing a diet that can fit around your lifestyle and that is sustainable is the most important thing.
If you had to pick between a low-fat or a low-carb diet, which would it be? Let us know in the comments below.