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Studies Show Which Popular Diet Will Help You Lose Weight


There are hundreds of diets out on the market, but three of the most popular—the Mediterranean diet, the low-fat diet, and the low-carb diet - were put to the test in a large scale, long-term study to see which one was more effective. Keep reading to find out which one won!

The most popular diets—the Mediterranean diet (high in fish, nuts and whole grains), the low-fat diet (defined as less than 30 percent of calories from fat), and the low-carb diet (based on the Atkins diet plan)—were put to the test in a large scale, long-term study to see which one was more effective.

In the study, which was published in The New England Journal of Medicine, 322 dieters (both men and women, but men were in the majority) were asked to follow one of the three diets. Within the first five months, the largest amount of weight was lost. The subjects that followed the Mediterranean and low-fat diets lost an average of 10 pounds, and the dieters that followed the low-carb diet shed an average of 14 pounds.

At the study’s end two years later, all of the dieters had regained some of the weight they lost: the low-fat dieters managed to keep off six pounds, while the Mediterranean and low-carb dieters lost 10 net pounds. The men did better on the low-carb diet, shedding 11 pounds compared to the nine pounds that the other men lost on the Mediterranean diet. In contrast, the women who followed the Mediterranean plan dropped 14 pounds, but the women who tried the low-carb diet only lost five pounds.

One surprising revelation was that the low-carb diet more effectively lowered cholesterol levels than the other two diets—a finding that surprised many of the researches and diet industry executives. The followers of the low-carb approach reduced the amount of total cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein, the so-called “good” cholesterol.

If you’re considering trying any of these diets, it’s important to note that the differences in weight-loss aren’t considered to be significant, and in relative terms, two years is not a long time to track the effects that a diet has on long-term weight-loss and maintenance.

Of course, the best diet for you is the one that you can stick with and make a part of your lifestyle, so try more than one and see which one works for you!


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