Low-Carb Diets Trump Low-Fat For Weight Loss And Heart Health

Low-carb diets were regarded as dangerous for decades. Cardiac surgeons like Dr. Mehmet Oz warned against the bacon-covered steaks sizzling with butter that are allowed on these weight loss plans, claiming that they caused heart disease and high cholesterol. But in recent years, low-carb diets have been redeemed via studies that show they actually trump low-fat plans for weight loss, heart health, and cholesterol, reported WebProNews on September 26.

So what's the skinny on how and why low-carb diets no longer deserve to be demonized? Several noted physicians have embraced the approach, such as Dr. Eric Westman, shown in the video below explaining why they're the best.

Even Dr. Oz has become convinced. On the September 25 episode of the Dr. Oz Show, he featured a low-carb diet that takes dieters through phases. In place of the whole grains that he used to champion as a foundation of breakfast, dieters are encouraged to eat lean protein and healthy fats as well as fruits and vegetables. The plan is designed by a nutritionist, Kathie Swift, who explained why low-carb diets work best when they eliminate all gluten.
"Gluten, a protein compound, is found in wheat and other common grains and virtually everywhere in the processed food supply. Lose it! For many people, especially women, gluten triggers an immune-system response that can result in digestive upset, bloating and symptoms that pop up anywhere in the body, including fatigue and depression."
The increasingly popular Paleo diet also eliminates grains and dairy. As The Inquisitr pointed out, caveman diets are being embraced by those who find that the approach boosts their weight loss and health.

And for those who think that grains can't really be that bad, celebrity trainer Vinnie Tortorich summed it up on Twitter on September 26 with his NSNG (No Sugar, No Grains) championship of low-carb diets.

"Eating grain will make you feel lazy and drive you to the couch. #NSNG #weightloss #health #fitness #exercise #lowcarb"
Although a series of studies have indicated that they work best for weight loss, it's the newest research, conducted by Dr. Lydia Bazzano of Tulane University in New Orleans, that put the final slim-down seal of approval on the protein-rich, high-fat approach.

Bazzano divided dieters into two groups. The low-carb diet group limited their total carbohydrate intake to 40 grams per day. They consumed the rest of their food from protein, such as fish and poultry, and healthy fats, such as avocado and nuts. In contrast, the low-fat diet group limited their total fat to 30 percent and their carbohydrate intake to 55 percent.

At the end of the year-long study, the low-carb diet group lost an average of eight pounds more. They also lost more body fat and scored lower on tests used to predict the risk of a stroke or a heart attack. Bazzano was impressed.

"I thought that was a very striking finding."

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