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More than weight loss

There has been much debate as to whether high-carb, low-fat diets are better or worse than low-carb, high-protein diets for weight loss.

In truth, any diet which creates a caloric deficit will result in weight loss. The problem with most diets is not with creating the weight loss, it is with maintaining the reduced body weight once the weight is lost.

Most long-term studies have found that up to 95 percent of individuals who have lost weight regain the weight within two to five years.

As for which diet works best for weight loss? - neither.

In fact, a recent meta-analysis study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that weight loss over a one-year period of time was similar for low-fat and low-carb diets.

However, there was a significant difference in markers for heart disease between the two diets. Those who followed a low-carb diets had significantly higher total- and LDL-cholesterol levels than those on the low-fat diets.

When choosing a diet for weight loss you need to look at more than the weight loss implications of the diet. While any diet will help you lose weight what is best for you health - apparently a low-fat diet. And what is best for long-term weight management - the answer to that is for another post