Low-Carbohydrate Diet is Better Than a Low-Fat Diet? 11-10
Once again the misconception that fat is bad for you has been disproved. Recently, the NIH conducted a study that said that removing carbohydrates from your diet might actually be more effective than cutting dietary fats. Whereas higher cholesterol levels are usually associated with higher amounts of fat, a low –carbohydrate diet actually has been shown to decrease cholesterol and triglyceride levels. The study also showed that on a year long clinical trial conducted with obese people showed that on average those on the low-carbohydrate diet lost 12 pounds, 8 pounds more than those on the low-fat diet. Though there are some concerns regarding this study such as what is the defined amount that is known as too much fat. Low fat-diets are not the sole answer to all health issues, this idea was only propagated by the fact that fat has more calories than carbohydrates. In reality carbohydrates increase our insulin levels when consumed, and its continued consumption maintains insulin’s high levels. Thus, preventing the fatty acids that are stored as fat from being released like they normally do if insulin levels drop. This essentially means that too much carbohydrates can actually lead to retaining more body fat that when you consume fat. So be sure read up on your diet choices before following popular culture!
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