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Cutting Carbs is More Effective Than a Low-Fat Diet

Obese women with insulin resistance lose more weight on a lower-carbohydrate diet than they do on a low-fat diet, according to a new study.  Insulin resistant women on the lower-carb diet lost 3.4 pounds more after 12 weeks than those on a low-fat diet.

Insulin resistance is a common precursor for Type 2 diabetes. People with this condition metabolize carbohydrates abnormally, which may affect their rate of weight loss.

According to Eurekalert:

“The composition of the low-fat diet was 60 percent of calories from carbs, 20 percent from fat and 20 percent from protein. Although the lower-carb diet also had 20 percent of calories from protein, it had 45 percent from carbs and 35 percent from primarily unsaturated fats, such as nuts. Menus included a minimum of 2 fruits and 3 vegetable servings a day.”

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