What is the real answer?
It will be decades before the science of dieting catches up with the intuition of some of diet experts, but perhaps it doesn't actually matter?
Consider a recent study that compared two different diets. The first was low in carbs and very high in fat ie. 15% of the KJ came from carbs, 53% from fat and 32% from protein). The other was high in carbs and low in fat (45% of the KJ came from carbs, 26% from fat and 20% from protein). The only thing they had in common was the total kilojoules. 4200 a day.
When the two groups of dieting volunteers weighed in after 6 weeks, guess what? On average, all of them had lost nearly the same amount of weight and body fat.
Ultimately, the protein vs carbohydrate debate is missing the point.
High fat, low fat, high protein, low protein - none of it made a scrap of difference on the scales.
What mattered was total kilojoule intake.
The key to losing weight is as basic as that.
Have you been playing weight loss tennis lately? How do you feel about this message?
PS: A belated thank you to the lovely Kristen from Bits and Pieces, whom I have met through the Back to School, Back to Blogging challenge. She has kindly awarded me the Happy 101 Award!
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