Thursday, October 05, 2006

Low Carb vs. Low Fat

There’s been a long standing debate on which diet is superior: The high protein, low carb vs. the high carb, low fat diet. Let’s look at effects on health first.

Doctors still favor the low fat over the low carb version. Mainly because the high protein type diet usually contains high fat content. And saturated fat has been strongly associated with chronic diseases. Although, scientists say more research has to be done on the long term health effects of the high protein diet.

Evidence tying the high carb type diet with insulin resistance and weight gain has also largely been controversial. More studies need to be done in this area as well. Although other research suggests that a high carbohydrate diet that also contains high fiber content is beneficial to health.

Weight Loss Efficiency:

Both diets have had success in achieving weight loss. Keep in mind, however, that diets are successful in weight reduction because they are based on calorie restriction. The bottom line is, it still boils down to input vs. output.

The Diets:

Low carb: South Beach, Zone, and Atkins.
High carb: Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Mediterranean.

For a more detailed look at these diets check out our diet reviews.

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