A new study that compared the long-term effects of diets specifically a weight loss program focused on low-carbs and high-fats versus a low-fat and high-carb diet found that both programs will help you lose weightbut one will also help you feel happier too.
Both a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet such as the popular Atkins program and a low-fat, high-carb diet help people lose pounds over the course of a year. But as for mood? Only the low-fat diets will result in long-term improvement in mood, according to a recent study.
Both an energy-reduced, very low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet and a conventional high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet are equally effective for achieving weight loss in overweight and obese individuals, explained study author Grant D. Brinkworth.
Both dietary patterns also had similar effects on the cognitive domains assessed, which were working memory and speed of processing, Brinkworth added. However, the conventional high-carbohydrate, low-fat weight-loss diet was shown to have more positive effects on mood compared to the very low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet.
This study looked at one factor, and prior studies havent focused on psychological factors, Horvath said. This is a great study focusing on something very important.
Other studies have found short-term improvements in mood in people who lose weight on different diets. And the new study also found such improvements over the first eight weeks of dieting.
So, if you want to be fit and happy? Go for a low-fat diet. The people around you will probably like it better too!