Low-Carb vs Low Fat Research Findings

by Lynnette

Blood Sugar, Cholesterol, Dieting, Low-Carb, Low-Fat

Following is a growing list of research regarding Low-Carb vs Low-Fat dieting.

Here are some food research results.

In addition to links to the actual results of various studies, you’ll also find a brief summary of each — to save you time when searching for topics most important to you.

Use this information to help you determine whether a Low-Fat or Low-Carb diet plan is best for you.


Dieters Happier On Low-Fat, Not Low-Carb Diets
People who spend a full year on a strict low-carbohydrate diet can lose weight, but they might be happier — and lose just as many pounds — if they focus on reducing fat intake instead of carbohydrates, new research suggests.

Diet Moodiness: Low-Carb vs Low-Fat

While moods may improve with weight loss on low-fat and low-carb diets, those mood improvements may not last a year on a low-carb diet.

Low-Carb and Low-Fat Diets Face Off
ABC News reports that a major study ranks low-carb diets above the rest.

Is Atkins the Healthiest Choice for Weight Loss?
The beleaguered Atkins diet may get a breath of life from a new study that suggests the high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet regime leads to more effective weight loss with fewer negative health effects than 3 other weight loss strategies.

It’s Not What You Eat, But How You Eat
Researchers found no major advantage to any one diet and findings do not support the notion that very low carbohydrate diets are better than standard diets.

Study Finds Health Benefit in Low-Glycemic Diet
A diet rich in the type of carbohydrates that maintain a more stable blood sugar beats out a conventional Low-Fat diet in reducing the risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.

Low-Fat -vs- Low-Carb Headlines Misrepresent Study Results
The study presented 11/15/04 at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity has been mistakenly reported as proof that Low-Fat diets are better at preventing weight re-gain than Low-Carb diets. In a review of the self-reported data, there was absolutely NO difference in weight re-gain between the “low-carb” and “low-fat” groups.

Low-Carb Diets: Better for Men Than Women?
Low carb diets may be better than low fat for slimming your stomach and your chest.

Low-Fat vs Low-Carb: Head To Head
Eating a Low-Fat diet is more effective at sustaining weight loss than eating a diet low in carbs. No matter how people initially lose the weight, those who stick with a Low-Fat diet are more successful at keeping the weight off.

Low-Carb Diets May Hurt Heart Health
Fiber and nutrients in fruits, vegetables, and grains keep cardiovascular system strong, but are lacking in Low-Carb diets.

The Skinny On The Low-Carb Craze
For some it’s working. For some it’s not. In the long run, it’s not beneficial to remain on the Atkins plan for too long.

Atkins Diet Works, But For How Long?
Results of this study suggest that replacing carbohydrates with fatty foods is safe — at least for six months.

Diet With The “Right Carbs” Seems To Boost Health
The Low-Glycemic-Index plan is the better diet choice than either Low-Fat or Low-Carb diets.

Which Diet is Best? The One That Works for You
Whether you choose Low-Carb or Low-Fat, it appears that cutting calories is the real key.

Analysis of Health Problems Associated with High-Protein, High-Fat, and Carbohydrate-Restricted Diets

Studies Bolster Case for Atkins Diet
Two new studies provide evidence that a Low-Carb diet is at least as effective as a Low-Fat diet in helping people drop excess weight without harming their cholesterol levels.

High-Carb, Low-Fat Diet Keeps Healthy Ratio Of HDL, LDL Cholesterol
Carbohydrate-based dips in a person’s HDL due to dieting pose no real threat to health, because blood levels of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) tend to fall in equal proportion at the same time.

More Carbs, Less Weight
A small group of older men and women actually lost weight on a complex carbohydrate diet that let them eat until they were full without counting calories.

Atkins Diet Controversy
The problem is that the common perception, that you can eat all the meat, all the bacon, all the cheese… that is not correct. An Atkins expert says only 20% of a dieter’s calories should come from saturated fat.

How the Low-Carb Craze Is Making Us Fat
When a weight-loss theory becomes a marketing tool, America gains weight.

A Warning To Atkins Dieters

New survey and data of previously unreported health problems raises questions about the safety of the Atkins Diet and other high-protein, Low-Carb weight-loss plans.

Low-Carb Dieters Can Eat More

People on Low-Carbohydrate diets can actually eat more than those on standard Low-Fat plans and still lose weight.

Fats vs Carbs: The Rare Truth About Fats
Everyone must consume some fats because they are necessary for the synthesis of essential fatty acids. But you only need about 5% of calories as fat for your body to function optimally.