This study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that test subjects lost an equal amount of weight regardless of the macronitrient (carbs, protein, fats) emphasis of the diet. Accordingly to the study, as long as the test subjects were eating a reduced calorie diet, they lost weight.
There are those who claim that there is only one approach to weight loss, whether it be low carb, low fat, vegetarian and etc. Typically, you are simply getting the opinion of the writer, trainer or expert based on their personal success or nutritional philosophy. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I don’t believe in a one size fits all mentality when comes to nutrition. As we say in the south, “There is more than one way to skin a cat.”
I have observed over the last 18 years that most of our clients do best reducing their carbohydrate intake to some degree. Before you label me Dr Atkins, think about the typical diet pitfalls. Cereal for breakfast, pasta for lunch and then a few sweets at night. Kept in check these foods are not the root of all evil, but let’s face it, it’s a lot easier to overeat these types of convenience foods than it is healthier, whole foods. Have you ever gorged yourself on broccoli? Do you get depressed and then eat a bushel of bananas while watching TV? Exactly.
If you are still hanging on to those winter lbs, try simply reducing your obvious convenience foods and relacing them with more fruits and vegetables. This one simple strategy will result in the loss of a few lbs of fat.