metta8 saidMore data needed.
One twin gave up sugar, the other gave up fat. Their experiment could change YOUR life
"Well-respected scientists will tell you that if you cut out carbohydrates (thus lowering your insulin levels), it's almost impossible to gain weight.
These scientists believe reducing our sugar intake is the only way to solve the obesity epidemic.
But, as our results show, it's a bit more complicated than this."
"What we discovered is that the real reason we're all getting fatter isn't fat or sugar."
Regardless of what diet one recommends, someone will object. It makes no sense to make radical changes to one's diet every time a new study is published.
What we really need is balance. If we reduce carbohydrates excessively, we will have to increase the amount of fat and / or protein we eat. It has been established that, at least for some people, excessive protein can cause kidney damage. Excessive fat, especially saturated and trans fats, increases low density cholesterol leading to clogged arteries. Quite likely the optimal diet is not the same for everyone. Fortunately there is considerable flexibility so if a diet deviates only slightly from optimal, it probably doesn't much matter.
Probably the major portion of one's diet should be carbohydrates, but not simple sugars which, of course, are also carbohydrates.
I have never been even slightly overweight yet my diet is heavy on carbohydrates. However, I eschew sugar and products which contain added sugar and sodium.
I think there are a few things to note about this article. The findings reported here actually are not from a singular study. Rather, this article is a systematic review of research, where the authors went through databases where studies are typically published, and basically summarized and reported their findings. It's a study of studies, essentially. And what they are saying here is that based on the set of studies that they've chosen to include in their synthesis (randomized control trials comparing low-carb diets to isocaloric low-fat diets published in the MEDLINE database from Jan 1966 - Nov 2013), low carbohydrate diets decrease body weight and reduce cardiovascular risk factors (e.g., fasting levels of blood glucose, LDL cholesterol, and blood pressure).
The article also addresses the different types of carbohydrates one can consume. The article notes that, "carbohydrates derived from the intake of nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, legumes and some whole grains are often accompanied by significant amounts of dietary fiber," are associated with many health benefits. Meanwhile, they discourage the consumption of refined grain products. They even provide a list of some dietary choices worth considering: "In summary, a healthy low-carbohydrate dietary pattern should emphasize dietary fiber intake derived from whole grains, fiber-rich fruit, low-carbohydrate vegetables (such as green leafy vegetables, legumes, and cruciferous vegetables), avocado, olive and vegetable oils, soy, fish and chicken, and restrict or eliminate consumption of processed and unprocessed red meat as well as starchy vegetables and refined grains."