A group of researchers from the US National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease conducted a study that showed this is, indeed true, even if the differences were not really spectacular.
Ketogenic diets are based on the assumption that a diet low in carbohydrates makes your body burn the fat that is already there. Basically, the body enters a state of ketosis, which contributes to weight loss and prevents fat gain. Dr. Atkins was the one who made the principles of this diet known to people in the early 1970s and since then it has been very popular, while the low-fat diet has been increasingly criticized.
The researchers led by Dr. Kevin Hall monitored 19 obese patients for almost two weeks. All of them had the same calorie intake during the trial. They went on both a low fat diet and a low-carb one for about a week each. Their daily calorie intake of 2700 was reduced both times by 30 percent, but from different sources (carbohydrates or fat).
After six days, the low-carb diet showed a reduction of 245 g of fat and the low-fat diet a reduction of in 463 grams.
Dr. Hall says that the results show significant differences, even if only a small number of patients were involved in the study. He also added that the battle between supporters of these diets is far from being over, because more studies are expected in the field.
Nevertheless, the authors of the study, which was published in the Cell Metabolism Journal said that it is not really important what type of diet you adopt, as long as it suits you and you can keep to it in the long run. It is important to lower the number of calories you take in and feel comfortable with what you eat.
Personalized diets are always the best, given the fact that every individual is different : “If it’s easier to stick to one diet than another, and to ideally do it permanently, then you should choose that diet,” said the lead study author.
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