Two major studies last year shed more light on the role carbohydrates play in weight gain. The two studies gave some evidence, like all other nutrition studies, but it can not be said that a diet is appropriate for everyone.
Before embarking on a new year’s weight loss plan, look at some of what was revealed last year, according to the British Daily Mail.
– Carbohydrates and weight loss
The idea that carbohydrates are responsible for weight gain has come back in the past year. The idea is that refined carbohydrates in foods like white bread quickly turn into sugar in our bodies, leading to energy fluctuations and a sense of hunger.
By reducing carbohydrates, weight loss is easier, because your body will burn fat instead to get energy, while feeling less hungry.
– Fat and weight loss
For years, we have heard the advice of reducing fat in foods, including meat, nuts, eggs, butter and oil. Fat reduction was seen as a way to control weight, because a gram of fat contains twice the calories of the same amount of carbohydrates or proteins.
Many say this advice has the opposite effect by giving us an inadvertent license to eat biscuits, cakes and other fat-free foods filled with refined carbohydrates, which are now blamed for increased waist circumference.
Which is better?
Another major study last year found that low-carbohydrate diets and low-fat diets were equally effective for weight loss. The results varied according to individuals, but after a year, people in both groups lost an average of 12 to 13 pounds of extra weight.
The researchers suggest that there may be some flexibility in the ways we can lose weight. Participants in both groups were encouraged to focus on minimally processed foods, such as home-made products and meat, and researchers advised everyone to limit refined sugar and refined flour.