Which Is Best? A Low-Fat or Low-Carb Diet?


Good morning everyone and Happy Monday!

Low-fat or Low-Carb..? This has been a controversial topic since Robert Atkins came out with the Atkins diet with the two camps in fervent opposition. Which one is best? If you want to lose weight, feel great and keep yourself healthy long-term, which diet is right for you?

In today’s Motivational Monday I am going to talk about the results of a recent study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, that seems to answer this very question. The study followed 150 people from diverse backgrounds for one year. Half were asked to follow a low-carb diet while the others were asked to follow a low-fat diet, and the results were interesting.

One diet was particularly beneficial for weight loss and heart disease, and in today’s video you can find out which one it was. But is that the final say? Would you change your eating habits based on this study alone? Watch the video and see what you think.

Once you do I’d love to hear from you! Do you follow a low-fat or a low-carb diet? Have you ever followed one only to then switch to the other? If so, what were the results for you? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

Eating well and staying healthy is a journey that needs to be engaged every day. Whatever diet you choose, I encourage you to eat a whole foods diet. Essentially, foods as they exist in nature. That one habit alone can go a long way towards optimizing your health.

Have a great Monday everyone and a happy week!
xo
B

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9 comments on “Which Is Best? A Low-Fat or Low-Carb Diet?

  1. AvatarSam

    Hi Barbara,
    How would you some up the diet that you’ve found to be best for you? Would it be high fat/ low carb all mostly from plant natural sources i.e. low on the animal fats?
    I’ve had a bunch of health problems right from my very early twenties. In my late twenties now and I still haven’t cracked theses issues… but I think I’m close!
    Sam

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    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      I find the best for me is mostly vegetables with some lean protein and quality fats. I avoid starchy carbs except sweet potatoes and occasionally brown rice. As for animal fats, you’re best served to have lean protein sources in order to minimize animal fat. So happy to hear that you are taking your health so seriously in your 20’s! You’ll be in super fine shape by the time you reach my age! Best to you~

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  2. AvatarTony

    Hi Barbara,
    Great video.Some Vegans say eat as much Starch,Rice, Bread as you want . Other people say to much carbs, spikes your blood sugar,causes diabetes etc. Vegans say that FAT causes diabetes,not carbs . Vegans say avoid all oils while others say Olive oil is good. I see channels where the person say that they eat mostly fruit, some starch and veggies and say they are super fit. Some People recommend having a smoothie with a dozen Bananas to start the day while others say you should start the day with protein . Some say eat all the fruit you want while others say to minimize fruit(There are even VEGANS that disagree on this) Some say whole wheat is good for you while others say wheat is bad and everyone has a book or study that can back up there claims! Sorry,not trying to be negative This is not directed at you by the way. You do a great job of explaining in your videos and blogs and I like your common sense and positive approach. It’s just tough sometimes to tell the Snake Oil Salesman between those that really want to help. By the way.one common thing I noticed though, pretty much everyone says to stay away from Dairy. Thanks Barbara!

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    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Thanks Tony~ It does get confusing. In the end, I think the wisest approach is to do what most resonates for you and what your body responds to best. Everyone is different and you must be the detective of your own body and make assessments to what it needs to operate optimally.
      Stay well!
      B

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  3. AvatarMary-Ann

    Great motivational Monday video. How interesting, I had to have weight loss surgery about 15 years ago, because I had reached over the 300lb mark. It has taken a lot of lifestyle changes to maintain my weight loss. Today, at almost 1/2 the weight and after trying many combinations, I find that low carb and excercise are the key to mainting the weight loss. Thanks Barbara, all my love <3

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    1. Avatarbarbaramendez Post author

      That’s amazing Mary-Ann! And I am so happy to know you have found your way to a healthy lifestyle! It is a difficult journey but you are doing it…. good for you!
      Stay healthy and well~
      xox
      B

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