What’s better? Low-fat diets? Or low-carb diets? Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine put it to the test. The answer after their studies: It’s a draw.
It turns out that cutting either carbs or fats shaves off excess weight in about the same proportion, scientists found.
To conduct the study, researchers recruited 609 people between the ages of 18 and 50. The participants were then randomized into one of two dietary groups, low-carbohydrate or low-fat, and instructed to stick to their diet for a year. (About 20% of participants dropped out of the study by the end of the year.)
The participants were also advised to stick to healthy fats, such as nuts and avocados, and healthy carbs, such as fruit or oatmeal. For example, a soda is low-fat but not necessarily healthy, while lard is low-carb, but also not necessarily healthy.