Scientists reveal that it doesn’t really matter if people will have a low carbohydrate or low fat diet but what matters most is to get rid of the calories you take in.
Through the years, amid the struggle of millions of people against obesity, popular diets like Zone, Ornish, South Beach, and Atkins diet regimens were fighting over the other as the best in helping one get rid of the extra poundage.
Experts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Harvard, and Pennington Biomedical Research declare that the most vital factor in losing weight is controlling ones intake of calories and burning them off through regular exercise.
The study subjected 811 overweight individuals to one of four diets that had varying amount of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. The study did not directly compare the commercially popular diet plans.
About 66 per cent of the subjects were adult females. The subjects were asked to cut 750 calories per day from their diet and were asked to have exercise activities amounting to 1.5 hours per week. They were also required to maintain a food diary online and consult on a regular basis with their counselors.
The result: No best diets among the four diet plans. The results measured on weight and size of waist proved to be very similar for all the diet plans – and as we all know weight loss and cholesterol are closely aligned, health is also an issue!
Only 15% of the subjects were able to reduce their starting weight by 10%. The study also showed better results for those who regularly seek guidance from their diet counselors.
The proponents of the study explained that people should limit their calories but also find a diet plan which is tasty enough so they can stick with them through time.