Low Carb or Low Fat?
Dr. Lydia Bazzano, with Tulane University, received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to resolve the low fat vs. low carb debate. The results of her research were recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a prestigious, peer-reviewed journal.
After a year, the two groups were compared. The low carb half of the volunteers lost an average of 8 pounds more than those on the low fat diet. Both groups lost weight, but the low carb group lost more. Even more surprising was that the low carb group lost more body fat than the low fat group. The low fat group lost more muscle tissue than fat. Wow!
The low carb group ended the year in better shape medically, too. Their "bad" cholesterol was down while their "good" cholesterol was up, indicating improvement in heart and vascular health.
So, are you convinced now? The National Institutes of Health is certainly not out to promote one diet over another, and the research study appears rigorous and fair. Maybe Dr. Atkins was right?