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Studies Show That Low-Carb Diets Are Better for Short-Term Weight Loss

Update Date: Dec 29, 2016 01:25 PM EST

Low-carb diets are apparently better than low-fat diets for weight-loss. Low-carb diets work best for short-term weight loss according to physicians at the Mayo Clinic.

Low-carb diets versus low-fat diets. In general, low-fat diets comprise of foods that literally have low fat content. Low-carb diets, however, diets that should comprise of foods that have less than 45% carbohydrates and can go by many names such as South Beach, Ketogenic, or Paleo.

Thanksgiving and Christmas has passed and the entire holiday food intake has taken a toll on most of our bodies. The New Year is just around the corner but that doesn't mean it's the end of the holiday food-binging yet as there will be a lot of leftovers to consume.

It is best to start preparing for losing all of the weight gained over the holidays. Being health-conscious doesn't necessarily mean putting all of focus on physical activities only but also on diet.

According to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, low-carb diets are much more effective than low-fat ones for short -term weight loss. From 41 trials conducted, it was revealed that participants lost 2.5 to 9 pounds more when on a low-carb diet and experienced no adverse effects on health.

Since a low-carb diet does not have any adverse health effects, it is preferred to be on one when trying to lower down blood sugar levels.  It is also effective in managing insulin resistance.

Even if a low-carb diet is better than a low-fat diet in the short-term, those on the latter should take note that eating less carbohydrates would make one crave for high-protein food such as meat. To ensure that you short-term low-carb diet is as effective as possible, it is highly advised to only consume "real" meat and to avoid bacon, hotdogs or sausages, ham, or any other deli meat when on a low-carb diet.

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