We’ve always believed that the best way to lose weight is to stop eating fat and carbs, right? We obsessively cut muffins, bagels and bread from our diets because we’ve heard this is the simplest way to consume fewer calories and shed pounds. Well, it turns out we were wrong.
According to a recent study, low-fat and low-carb diets are no different than any other nutrient-focused diets for weight loss.
After testing over 68,000 people in 53 different weight loss trials over the span of a year, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that participants who were on low-fat diets lost the same amount of weight as those on higher-fat diets, such as low-protein and low-carbs. The average weight loss was six pounds for everyone.
So what’s the best diet for weight-loss results? According to the researchers, it’s a balanced diet that we won’t obsess over, made up of consistent eating patterns, whole foods and sensible portion sizes.
In layman’s terms, stop obsessing over eating carbs and fat. If you want to lose weight, don’t skip meals, don’t eat too much fast or packaged food and don’t overeat.