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Weight Loss Tips: Mediterranean Diet A Scam?

Update Date: Jun 08, 2016 06:00 AM EDT

A new study found that a high-fat Mediterranean diet is more effective for weight loss than a regular low-fat diet. While Mediterranean diet is packed with high-fat, the study reveals that fat doesn't make you fat at all. Furthermore, these fats come from vegetables, nuts and olive oil.

High-Fat, Not Low-Fat for Weight Loss

Fat is one of the most dreaded food groups in the food pyramid. However, a new study published on the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology shows that eating a diet rich in high-fats like the Mediterranean diet actually aids in weight loss than a low-fat one.

This is only applicable when the fats are acquired from healthy fats that are in vegetables, nuts and fish, Medical Xpress noted. The findings did not mean that people are free to consume high levels of unhealthy fats that are in processed meat, butter, fast food, desserts and other high-calorie foods and beverages.

For those who would like to reap the health benefits of a high-fat diet, a Mediterranean style of eating is recommended. According to Live Science, those who studied on the Mediterranean diet found that it can help decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even obesity. Furthermore, the high-fat diet does not lead to weight gain as well.

Not All Fats are Bad Fats

In their study, the researchers divided the participants into various eating groups. They found that those who belonged to the Mediterranean diet group had slightly smaller weight circumference compared to the control group and the low-fat diet group.

An expert who wrote an accompanying commentary on the study said that not all fats are bad fats, US News noted. The thinking of ruling out anything that contains fat should be discontinued as good fats coming from vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains are healthy.

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