Are Low Carb Diets Better for Weight Loss and Health Than More Orthodox Lower Fat Diets?

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Are Low Carb Diets Better for Weight Loss Than More Orthodox Lower Fat Diets?

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Low Carb Diets May Suit You

Losing weight typically involves replacing bad dietary and exercise habits - like eating too many calories and insufficient nutrition - with healthier ones. In this sense, a low carb plan, based on (eg) the Low Glycemic Index Food Pyramid, may suit you very well, and research suggests that such low carb plans are good for blood-glucose control. But remember, an effective weight loss plan needs to be manageable in the long term. Diets that are only manageable in the short-term are rarely effective in helping us to develop long term healthy eating habits to help us lose weight for good.

Do Low Carb Diets Produce Faster Weight Loss?

Yes. A low carb diet tends to produce faster weight loss than more orthodox diets, at least for a few months. But most weight loss studies show that this weight reduction advantage is largely dissipated over the course of 12 months. Furthermore, when normal carb-eating resumes, some weight can be regained automatically.

Are Low Carb Diets Easier to Follow?

Research into low carb diet compliance is inconclusive. Some weight loss studies show that dieters find low carb diets to be easier than lower-fat diet plans. Other weight loss studies show the reverse. Probably low carb diets are easier for the first few months, but then the reduced choice of food begins to make diet-compliance more difficult.

Are Low Carb Diets Good for the Whole Family?

In general, No. For example, the Atkins Diet should not be followed by anyone under 18. In general, lower-fat higher carb diets are the healthier family diet.

Are Low Carb Diets Healthier Than Lower-Fat Diets?

In a nutshell, the long term health effects of a low carb diet are still unknown. Low carbohydrate eating plans are certainly not as unhealthy as critics believed - indeed, low carb diets seem to be quite good at lowering cholesterol levels and maintaining muscle mass. However, lower-fat diets also produce good cholesterol reduction in the long term and are the preferred type of diet for formerly obese patients registered with the US National Weight Control Registry. Further research is needed into the health advantages of low carb diets before we can answer this question.

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