Doctors have been warning people for years now that low-fat diets aren’t all they’re cracked up to be thanks to all the added sugar that often gets added to low-fat products.
Now, researches say they have found proof that a low-fat diet is no better for weight loss than a Mediterranean diet high in vegetable fats.
They say they have concluded that it is the type of fat consumed, rather than the amount of fat, that actually influences a persons weight.
The Mediterranean diet is high in ‘healthy fats’ like nuts, seeds, and legumes, as well as oily fish and dairy.
They say eating a balanced diet consisting of these types of fat will have the same effect on your waist line as low-fat food products.
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This is great news for anyone who actually enjoys eating!
The Mediterranean diet allows for all kinds of food, including bread and other carbohydrates, which means you can stop worrying about every little thing that goes into your mouth.
Lead author of the study that found the results, Dr. Ramon Estruch, says reducing your fat intake is a key strategy for reducing weight, and the World Health Organisation recommend that to avoid weight gain, total daily fat intake should not exceed 30 percent of total daily calorie intake.
“More than 40 years of nutritional policy has advocated for a low-fat diet but we’re seeing little impact on rising levels of obesity,” notes Dr. Estruch.
“Our study shows that a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetable fats such as olive oil and nuts had little effect on body weight or waist circumference compared to people on a low-fat diet.”
Dr Estruch says that the idea that low-fat foods are better for weight loss has failed to prove to be effective, while a Mediterranean diet – which is high in vegetable fats, such as those in olive oil and nuts – has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality.
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