Which is the Best Weight-Loss Diet?
NDTV Cooks | Updated: September 05, 2014 11:03 IST
Managing our weight is a constant struggle. Experts have time and again stressed on the fact that our diet plays a very crucial role in fighting our weight woes. But with new diets popping up almost every day, you may be left wondering - which is the best weight loss diet after all?
A latest study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association seems to have found an answer. According to the researchers, all diets whether low-fat or low-carb may produce similar results. They recommend that we should follow a particular diet only if we can stick to it. (More: What to Keep in Mind Before Starting a Weight-Loss Diet)
A Canadian team of experts analyzed data from 48 separate trials. For the study, researchers examined about 7,286 overweight dieters. The participants chose from a range of name-brand diets like Atkins, South Beach, Zone, Biggest Loser, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Volumetrics, Weight Watchers, Ornish and Rosemary Conley. The body weight or body mass index of every participant was recorded before and after following the diet. (More: 5 Diets Loved by Celebrities)
After a period of 12 months, it was found that people on low-carb and low fat diets both lost an average of 7.3 kilograms. The difference in weight for those following branded diets was almost negligible. Moreover, it was noted that exercise and behavioral support helped them lose more weight. But it was also seen that most of the participants stopped losing weight after a year and also gained a couple of pounds back. (More: These Leaves Curb Cravings, Aid Weight Loss)Therefore, they concluded that when it comes to weight loss it doesn't really matter which one you choose - low carb, low fat, high protein or low glycemic index. The researchers further advised that a diet that you cannot stick to would be ineffective no matter how hard you try.
There is no single diet which can be crowned as the best one, any healthy diet can make you lose weight but you must make sure that it suits your metabolism and is easy enough to comply with. Also, eliminating certain nutrients from your diet can be risky in the long-run and may cause deficiencies or imbalances in your body. (More: Eat These to Cut Unwanted Fat)
Another study threw the spotlight over the ongoing debate between low carb and low fat diet. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, it states that a low-carb diet is much better than a low-fat diet as it not only helps with weight loss but also improves cholesterol levels.
All said and done, while following a particular type of diet you must consider the holistic picture and not just go by the dip on the weighing scale that it guarantees.
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