Low-Carb and Mediterranean Diets “Better Than Low-Fat”

weight lossA report published in today’s Guardian says that low-carb and Mediterranean* diets are better than low-fat plans for losing weight.

The news article by health editor Sarah Boseley also says the research (published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal) has found that in the long-term no diet worked particularly well.

The study involved more than 68,000 people and looked at 53 long-term studies that had been carried out since 1960 comparing diets. It was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Diabetes Association.

Lead author of the Lancet piece, Dr Deirdre Tobias from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard medical school, Boston, said the research showed there was no good evidence for recommending low-fat diets, as their “robust evidence” showed that simply reducing fat intake would not naturally lead to weight loss. Continue reading “Low-Carb and Mediterranean Diets “Better Than Low-Fat””