A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health has indicated that you lose more body fat by eating more of fat and less of carbohydrates as against the long-held idea that more carbs and less fat produces a lean body figure. This new discovery is upsetting the idea that you only lose weight by avoiding fats and fast foods and consuming moderate carbohydrates and protein.


The researchers came to this conclusion after studying the effects of carbohydrates and fats diets on a group that consisted of 150 people that was divided into two groups. One group was asked to eat more of carbs and the other group was asked to eat more of fats, but they were asked not to bother about calories intake – and they were then requested to follow this given diet for a year. The group that consumed more carbohydrates was found to have lost about 8 pounds on average and they developed more lean muscles and less body fat, but the other group appears to maintain their body fat without a corresponding loss of body muscles.


Dariush Mozaffarian, a dean at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University states that “to my knowledge, this is one of the first long-term trials that’s given these diets without calories restrictions. It shows that in a free-living setting, cutting your carbs helps you lose weight without focusing on calories, and that’s really important because someone can change what they eat more easily than trying to cut down on their calories.”


And in studying the effects of fats and carbohydrates on the two sample groups, Mozaffarian further stated that “they actually lost lean muscle mass, which is a bad thing. Your balance of lean mass versus fat mass is much more important than weight. And that’s a very important find that shows why the low-carb, high-fat group did so metabolically well.”

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