A major academic analysis, comparing diets of more than 68,000 people, has concluded that health advice to reduce fat intake has been wrong
Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health and American Diabetes Association, carried out a systematic review of 53 long-term studies carried out since 1960; seeking to determine whether low-fat diets contribute to greater weight loss than participants’ usual diet, low-carbohydrate diets, and other higher-fat dietary interventions,
The findings published in The Lancet suggest that when compared with dietary interventions of similar intensity, evidenced Randomised Control Trials do not support low-fat diets over other dietary interventions for long-term weight loss.
“There is no good evidence for recommending low-fat diets,” said lead author Dr Deirdre Tobias from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard medical school, Boston.
“Behind current dietary advice to cut out the fat, which contains more than twice the calories per gram of carbohydrates and protein, the thinking is that simply reducing fat intake will naturally lead to weight loss. But our robust evidence clearly suggests otherwise.”
Tobias confirms that whole fresh foods and real home cooking, rather than pre-packaged alternatives are the real key to creating a diet that is sustainable for life.