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Low fat diets are no better than others for long term weight loss, research finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5791 (Published 30 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5791
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

No good evidence is available to support recommending low fat diets for long term weight loss over other diets, researchers have concluded from a meta-analysis. People who followed low fat diets did not lose any more weight than those on higher fat diets such as low carbohydrate or Mediterranean diets, the US study found.1

Deirdre Tobias, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts and the study’s lead author, said, “Behind current dietary advice to cut out the fat, …

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