Long Term Study Compared Low Carb With Low Fat Diet

In General, Nutrition by Mikki Reilly1 Comment

A new study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, compared the effects of a very low-carbohydrate, high-saturated-fat diet (LC) with a low-fat (LF) diet to evaluate long-term weight loss over a one-year period.

One hundred eighteen dieters with abdominal obesity and at least one additional metabolic syndrome risk were randomly assigned to either the LC diet (4% carbohydrate, 35% protein and 61% fat) or the LF diet (46% carbohydrate, 24% protein and 30% fat).

Of the 118 who started, 69 individuals completed the one-year trial, 33 in the LC group and 36 in the LF group. The LC group lost 14.5 kg (about 32 pounds) while the LF group lost 11.3 kg (about 25 pounds). So the LC group lost a little more not a lot. But compared with the LF group the LC group had greater decreases in triglycerides and greater increases in HDL and LDL cholesterol.

The researchers concluded that “The LC diet may offer clinical benefits to obese persons with insulin resistance.”

More evidence in favor of the low-carb diet.

Hat tip to Conditioning Research.


  1. Great information! People on low-carb are probably rejoicing right now. From this info, it seems that the LC diet has more benefits other than just weight loss. It's good to know that.
    Thanks for sharing this!

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