What really works for weight loss? As researchers delve into an expanding body of nutrition studies to find the answer, they’re uncovering some surprising results. And some of those studies are debunking previous theories, from challenging Dr. Mehmet Oz’s weight loss supplements to promoting low-carb diets, reported the Los Angeles Times.
After multiple studies comparing low-carb diets to low-fat diets, researchers found that low-carb plans trumped low-fat plans. In addition, overturning previous theories that high-fat diets were dangerous to the health, Tulane University researchers found that low-carb dieters exhibited the best results on blood tests that indicate cardiovascular health.
As for the traditional advice to lose weight slowly in order to keep it off? Wrong, according to a study published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, which revealed that those on crash diets were more apt to achieve their goals.
If you’ve been forcing yourself to eat breakfast in order to achieve your weight loss goals, you may want to heed a new study conducted at the University of Alabama. Researchers discovered that dieters did not lose more weight if they ate breakfast, contradicting those years of advice that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Seeking a weight loss miracle, such as the supplements that Dr. Oz has touted on his talk show? Stop hunting for a magic pill, say researchers who analyzed one of Dr. Oz’s most popular products, the green coffee bean extract supplement. The Federal Trade Commission showed evidence that the study cited on the Dr. Oz Show contained falsified evidence.
As a result, Dr. Oz found himself before a Senate subcommittee, reprimanded for promising weight loss miracles via supplements, shown below.
Since that embarrassing event, he’s changed his show’s focus when it comes to weight loss to feature diets rather than products, as the Inquisitr reported.
Dr. Oz also has teamed with experts this season, including former President Bill Clinton’s physician Dr. Mark Hyman. The two created a Fat Flush plan that used the latest studies, including low-carb Paleo diet guidelines and rapid weight loss results.
But one of the biggest weight loss theories to be challenged by recent studies concerns counting calories, points out diet expert Dr. William Lagakos, who has a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology with a focus on obesity, inflammation, and insulin resistance.
Eat fewer calories, exercise more, and lose weight is known as CICO (Calories In, Calories Out). But Lagakos cautions that the latest research has revealed that relying only on counting calories doesn’t always work.
Instead, overall, he recommends low-carb diets.
“For obese insulin resistant folks, this is low carb’s strong suit: it causes ‘eat less, move more’ spontaneously.”
And for those who want to go on a low-fat diet for weight loss, Lagakos emphasizes that the Paleo diet guideline when it comes to carbohydrates must be followed. In addition, in contrast to low-carb diets, those on low-fat plans need to rely on calorie-counting.
“Carbs must be Paleo-friendly. This is not a negotiation,” he stresses.
You’re going have to count calories (every LF study confirms this). Find out your baseline, and shoot for a few hundred less. This is harder because Paleo foods are less likely to come with a nutrition facts label, so just know this: if you’re not losing weight, then you’re not in an energy deficit &/or counting wrong. Calories in must go lower.
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