Ya hey…the whole debate around whether a low carb high fat diet is good for you will no doubt continue for a while, but i read an interesting article in the New York Times about a major new study which found that people who avoid carbs and ate more fat actually lost significantly more weight and had fewer heart problems than those who embraced a low-fat diet.
Cue Prof Tim Noakes doing a happy dance while eating a pie and saying ‘I told you so’.
The long term study by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine used 150 men and woman who followed diets for a year which limited either the amount of fat or carbs they ate, but not overall calories.
“By the end of the yearlong trial, people in the low-carbohydrate group had lost about eight pounds more on average than those in the low-fat group. They had significantly greater reductions in body fat than the low-fat group, and improvements in lean muscle mass — even though neither group changed their levels of physical activity.
While the low-fat group did lose weight, they appeared to lose more muscle than fat.
“They actually lost lean muscle mass, which is a bad thing,” Dr. Mozaffarian said. “Your balance of lean mass versus fat mass is much more important than weight. And that’s a very important finding that shows why the low-carb, high-fat group did so metabolically well.” [NY Times]
Go read the rest of the article. It’s quite lengthy, but goes into much more detail. Of course there are people who are gonna disagree, but that’s some pretty decent scientific evidence no?
Noakes has been getting some serious flak in the media lately with scientists at both the University of Stellenbosch and UCT rebuking his LCHF diet.