Low-fat diets may not be good for shedding/keeping off pounds, or even good for your health, says a study published Wednesday by the New Balance Foundation Prevention Center at Boston Children's Hospital.
"We've found that, contrary to nutritional dogma, all calories are not created equal," said David Ludwig, co-author of the study.
Instead, researchers found a low-glycemic diet, or a so-called Mediterranean diet which features protein, grains, nuts, fruits and veggies, may be more suited to keeping off weight.
In the study, those who switched to a low-glycemic diet saw similar results as those on low-carb diets but without the adverse side effects, such as stress, inflammation and malnutrition.
"In addition to the benefits noted in this study, we believe that low-glycemic-index diets are easier to stick to on a day-to-day basis, compared to low-carb and low-fat diets, which many people find limiting," added co-author Cara Ebbeling.
"Unlike low-fat and very- low carbohydrate diets, a low-glycemic-index diet doesn't eliminate entire classes of food, likely making it easier to follow and more sustainable."
by RTT Staff Writer
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