Sunday, 6 January 2013

Low fat versus low carb: Which is best?

Low-fat diets became popular in the 1980s. They emphasized cutting back on unhealthy, high-calorie, fatty foods, thereby helping people to lose weight. Unfortunately, food manufacturers began making low-fat and non-fat foods that were still high in calories. Of course, these products became very popular and people stopped losing weight.

In the 1990s, low-carb diets became all the rage, and, again, people lost weight when they cut high calorie sugary foods out of their diets. Then low-carb, sugar-free foods arrived, but they, too, were high in calories, so Americans continued to gain weight. So which is best? We think the answer lies in
the middle, with a balanced diet and the right amount of calories. That means reducing the amount of bad fats (like the low-fat diets), but keeping the good fats. It also means dumping the sugar (like the low-carb diets), but keeping whole grains and healthful fruits and vegetables.

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