Fat no longer enemy No. 1 to our diets?
For generations, we've been told enemy number one to our diets is fat, but that age-old thinking is being turned on its head by a new study from the National Institutes of Health.
The study found that a diet that reduces carbohydrates in favor of fat -- including saturated fats found in meat and butter -- is better for you than a low-fat diet.
The study explains that it's better in terms of both weight loss and keeping your arteries clear. The study conducted a one-year test involving two groups: One group that consumed a diet high in fats but low in carbohydrates, while the other ate a low-fat diet with no calorie counting.
One year later, the high-fat, low-carbohydrates group lost three times as much weight as the fat-restricted diet group.
This happened because carbs break down into blood sugar, prompting the body to produce insulin, which converts that sugar into fatty acids stored in fat cells around our midsection.
When the body needs extra fuel, fat cells release the fatty acids. A high-carb diet keeps insulin levels so high that fatty acids are never released.
A low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet keeps insulin levels low enough to force the body to begin burning fat again.
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