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September 30, 2015

Cut the Fat to Lose More Weight

More than two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, while this health problem becomes a growing issue around the world. Having a healthy weight can help prevent complications related to overweight and obesity including Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.

Conventional wisdom proven wrong
We always thought that cutting significant carbohydrate calories would result in the maximum weight loss. However, a recent study from the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) study finds cutting dietary fat works to reduce body fat far more than cutting carbs.

For greater results, cut the fat
The study reported that when obese adults ate strictly controlled diets, restricting dietary fat led to body fat loss at a rate 68 percent higher than cutting the same number of carbohydrate calories; carb restriction lowered production of the fat-regulating hormone insulin and increased fat burning as expected, though fat restriction had no observed changes in insulin production or fat burning. The research was conducted at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the NIH.

It's all about the fat!
Compared to the reduced-fat diet, the low-carb diet was particularly effective at lowering insulin secretion and increasing fat burning, resulting in significant body fat loss. Kevin Hall, Ph.D., NIDDK senior investigator and lead study author said, "But interestingly, study participants lost even more body fat during the fat-restricted diet, as it resulted in a greater imbalance between the fat eaten and fat burned. These findings counter the theory that body fat loss necessarily requires decreasing insulin, thereby increasing the release of stored fat from fat tissue and increasing the amount of fat burned by the body."

Not all calories are created equal
"This NIH study provides invaluable evidence on how different types of calories affect metabolism and body composition,” said NIDDK Director Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D. “The more we learn about the complicated topic of weight loss, the better we can find ways to help people manage their health.”

What these results mean
As more is known about its far-reaching consequences, expect to see increasing numbers of dollars addressing the growing problem of obesity. As Western culture and values spread around the globe, so, too, will this scourge on humankind. In the next 20 years, you may expect to see local versions of "The Biggest Loser", a popular television show in the US that supports contestants in eliminating their morbid obesity.

To read more, visit http://scienceblog.com/79827/nih-study-finds-cutting-dietary-fat-reduces-body-fat-cutting-carbs/#YSPjBzurcdd7r2qt.99


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