Cutting obesity involves back breaking exercise, cutting down on fats and a diet limited to fiber rich diet. However there is good news for all those who would want an easier way out. For those who want to lose weight and also to boost their cardiac health, cutting down on carbohydrates instead of trimming down fat will do the trick, a new study states.
In a clinical trial which was conducted on obese adults, researchers found that those who followed a low carbohydrate diet were more successful in trimming down their extra flab as compared to their brethren who followed a low fat diet.
The group which followed a low carbohydrate diet also found a much bigger improvement in their cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
On an average the participants of the low carbohydrate Group lost 8 pounds or more and also more body fat mass. The study was carried out by Dr. Tian Hu, a doctoral fellow at Tulane University School of Public Health in New Orleans.
There are however another group of experts who have expressed skepticism and concerns of a low carbohydrate being more detrimental to the health of the heart. However the latest study has found just the opposite.
Bazzano, a professor of nutrition research at Tulane said, “Low-carbohydrate diets have traditionally been seen as potentially risky,”
However, it must be noted that the study ran for just one year, and it’s not clear how people on either diet would fare in the long run.
According to Hu, the latest study does not mean low-carbohydrate is the “best” diet for weight loss. But, he said, “I think this means it’s a good option.”
The details of the study were published in the September 2nd issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.