Low-Carb or Low-Fat Diet: Which is Heart Healthy?
According to researchers, shedding belly fat through a low-fat or low-carb diet can benefit the function of your blood vessels and arteries.
Losing Belly Fat Using Two Diet Methods
A study involved the participation of 60 men and women with an average weight of 215 pounds. Each person was placed either on a low-fat or low-carb diet with the same amount of calories for six months. They were also required to do moderate exercises.
All the participants had an assessment of their blood vessels function at the beginning and at the end of six months.
The Results of the Study
The individuals belonging to the low-carb diet team lost 28.9 pounds on average. While those who belong to the low-fat diet team lost 18.7 pounds on average. An additional observation is that when a person loses more belly fat, his arteries were better able to expand which allows better blood flow.
This study revealed that the blood vessel function is directly linked to the amount of belly fat lost by the individual. This observation holds true whether the person was on a low-fat diet or a low-carb diet. This is what Professor Kerry Stewart of John Hopkins University School of Medicine said regarding the research study.
Significance of the Study
He further explained that this study is key to doing away with the concern that a low-carb diet, which may mean that it is high in fat, is not good for cardiovascular health. The results of the study showed that no harmful effects were observed among the participants in the low-carb diet group.
This study serves also as an awareness campaign that being overweight is one of the risk factors for heart disease. The risk is especially higher when there is an accumulation of belly fat above the waist.
This study was presented during a scientific meeting of the American Heart Association held in San Diego. But this information was just preliminary until published on a peer-reviewed medical journal.
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