A rather unusual and highly promising study was presented today on how a plant-based diet with less fat can be effective for quality and safe weight loss versus a low-carb diet – both represent something truly popular with a wide range of users, and therefore, it is hardly surprising that there is still an ongoing debate as to which of the two diets is the most rational approach to losing weight and keeping the body in good shape. So experts from the NIDDK Institute shed light on this issue.
First of all, it is worth noting the fact that dietitians from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Disease in the United States have taken quite seriously the question of what exactly should be considered as the main marker of the success and effectiveness of each of the two diets. They established that such a marker should be an indicator of the balance between the number of calories consumed and the lost weight.
They recruited 20 volunteers, each of whom ate a plant-based diet for two weeks, followed by another two weeks on a high-carbohydrate and low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet. As a result, it turned out that it is a plant-based diet with a lower fat content – despite a higher carbohydrate content in itself – has a much more effective approach to losing weight and maintaining a healthy body tone. Which, to some extent, only complements the previously illustrated picture of how much easier it is in general to follow the first type of diet.
Of course, research on the advantages and disadvantages of a plant-based low-fat diet is not yet complete as experts say they are interested in considering some additional dietary changes – in other words, they still have some additional research to do on improving and replenishing a plant-based diet with new rules and prescriptions of a proven nature, which, of course, requires some additional time.
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