It seems like you’ve been trying to lose weight forever, and you keep going back to those “low fat” foods that everybody’s been pushing on you — even though you haven’t seen any results.
You’ve cut the fat out of your milk, and you’ve given up on nuts and avocado altogether because they’re “high fat” foods — and everybody’s been telling you that’s a bad thing.
The latest example of that can be found right in the pages of the once-respectable Journal of the American Heart Association, where a new study claims a low-fat diet is just as good as a low-carb one for weight loss.
Over six months, dieters lost about 15 pounds no matter which one they tried.
That smelled fishy to me. Heck, I know many low-carbers who’ve lost that much weight in the first month alone!
So I dug into the details and uncovered the little stunt the researchers pulled. Turns out this study, which supposedly compares a low-carb diet to a low-fat one, contained ZERO actual low-carb dieters.
The low-fat group got 65 percent of their calories from carbs, while the “low-carb” group got 45 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, with some of them also getting walnuts.
That’s lower in carbs than the first group, sure, but it’s not a TRUE low-carb diet by any stretch of the imagination.
At the start of a REAL low-carb diet such as the first phase of Atkins, dieters are limited to just 20 grams of carbs per day. Yet in the study, the “low-carb” dieters were allowed roughly 900 grams of carbs per day — 50 TIMES more than folks in the first phase of Atkins, which is considered the gold standard.
Even with the odds stacked in its favor, the low-fat diet STILL didn’t help people lose more weight…only as much as the “slightly reduced-carb” diet.
But don’t settle for “as good as.” You can do so much better — because studies routinely show that low-carb dieters lose more weight more rapidly, keep it off longer, AND have better heart health along with a lower risk of diabetes.