Low-Carb, Low-Fat, Low-Glycemic: Which Diet Is Best For Weight Loss?

The Salt

As cooks and food lovers , a discussion on diet and weight loss is an inevitable topic, as we've noted here and here. But with so many diet fads and trends it can be difficult to know what's right for you. A recent study compared the results of three top diets. Curious to know which one came out on top?

A June 2012 study in The Journal of the American Medical Association compared low-carb, low-fat and low-glycemic diets to determine which one burned the most calories per day. While the low-carb diet was the winner (it caused people to lose the most amount of weight in the shortest amount of time) researchers suggest the low-glycemic index diet is "more promising" overall. (The low-fat diet was the clear loser.) According to The Salt, it "burned more calories per day than the low-fat diet and proved easier to stick to over the long term than the low-carb diet."

Mike Rogers, 43, was a participant who managed to keep off the 40 pounds he lost. He says the difference in the three diets was "enormous," adding that "the low-glycemic diet reminded me of the way my mom and grandmom cooked while I was growing up; I felt far better on the low-glycemic diet than on either of the other two.

Is this the be-all-end-all of dietary advice? Not all nutritionists are convinced, saying that exercise is still crucial and one needs to still monitor the amount of low-glycemic foods consumed.

For more insight on this study, read the following articles below:

Low and Slow May Be the Way To Go When It Comes to Dieting | The Salt
Which Diet Is Best? | The New York Times

Related: What's the Best Way to Lose Weight Without Doing a Crazy Diet?

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