August 2nd, 2010
04:56 PM ET

Low-fat, or low-carb? That is the question

Over the years there's been a lot of debate between low-fat and low-carb diets- which one is the healthiest for you? Which one works the best? Now a study out of Temple University's Center for Obesity Research and Education, finds that both diets help people lose weight, but the low-carb diet seemed to raise the HDL or good cholesterol in the body.

In the largest study of its kind, researchers followed 300 people for two years. Some were given a low-carb diet to follow, others a low-fat. In addition all participants underwent behavior therapy programs. All were taught about goal settings, how certain things trigger people to over eat and why it's important to keep track of weight and diet.

Investigators found that both groups lost almost the same amount of weight, around 11 percent the first year and 7 percent the second year. Both groups also had identical changes in blood pressure, bone density and body fat percentages. But those in the low carb groups found their HDL or good cholesterol levels were higher than in the low-fat diet participants, suggesting that the low-carb diet could be better for those with lower HDL levels.

Dr. Gary Foster, lead author of the study, and director of Temple's Obesity Center says, "We weren't too surprised about the identical outcomes of both diets." But Foster notes "There have been concerns for years that a low-carb diet could have a number of ill effects on the body, but I think what this shows is that some of those concerns are unfounded. In the end, dieters should concern themselves more with making those behavioral changes than with which diet they choose."

soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Kasey Landrie

    Great post! Nothing new for me to change on my site, but its nice to have confidence when something is reaffirmed!


    March 12, 2015 at 00:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dori Alsing

    Self improvement


    June 30, 2016 at 04:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Vincent Bean

    My brother recommended I might like this website. He was totally right. This put up actually made my day. You can not consider just how so much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!


    July 11, 2016 at 05:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Harley Silis

    Perhaps you should also a put a forum site on your blog to increase reader interaction.”\",;:


    July 12, 2016 at 18:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Dennis Bebee

    Deference to op , some superb selective information .


    July 14, 2016 at 04:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Ahmed Lancia

    Have you ever wondered who posts some of this stuff that you come across? Recently it seems to have become an epidemic, except that recently it seems to have become better. What are your thoughts?


    July 16, 2016 at 05:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. q

    Baseball, situé à Cooperstown, New York, est réservé pour les meilleurs joueurs à avoir jamais jouer le game.
    q http://www.kramermoltke.dk/es8.asp

    October 9, 2019 at 06:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. https://www.pakaiatm.com/

    Goo informastion and i understand

    October 12, 2019 at 02:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. acheter cialis sur internet en suisse

    Si je fais si bien l'amour, c'est que je me suis longtemps entraine tout seul. https://www.cialis20.fr Alison Davis is appearing at 20 race.

    December 6, 2019 at 05:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Kayleigh Ayako

    Qui ecoute aux portes entend son fait. https://www.cialis20.fr

    December 6, 2019 at 05:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Sang Holte

    Postingan yang bagus sekali. Ane sangat menyukainya.
    Terima kasih ya. Kunjungi juga web sederhana http://thestylexplorer.com ya.

    July 12, 2020 at 03:49 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.