Stanford Research Provides the Answer, with Professor Christopher Gardner
The recent DIETFITS study explored how well people would do on a low-carb vs. a low-fat diet, based on genotype or the way they secrete insulin. The results of the study didn’t reveal a link with genotype pattern or insulin. But they showed roughly equal weight-loss success for participants on both diets. Notably, the study forbid participants in both diets to eat added sugar or refined grain, and encouraged both groups to eat copious vegetables. More than whether your diet is high-fat or low-fat, it seems that high-quality whole foods are a critical factor in healthy weight loss.
Dr. Michael Ruscio, DC: Hi everyone. Welcome to Dr. Ruscio Radio. Today I am here with Christopher Gardner. Man, the more I talk to this guy, the more I just love what he has to say. He’s published another study, looking at this mystical bias-filled issue of carbohydrates, fat, and diet. And I think he’s one of the few guys in the space who doesn’t seem to be highly biased in one direction or another. So Chris, super excited to have you back on the show, welcome.
Prof. Christopher Gardner, PhD: Thanks, glad to be here.
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Dr. R’s Fast Facts Summary
Study: Effect of Low-Fat Versus Low-Carb Diet on 12-Month Weight Loss in Overweight Adults and the Association with Genotype Pattern or Insulin Secretion Also known as DIETFITS trial
- A healthy constructed low carb diet vs low fat diet, again, as long as they’re healthy, seem to be beneficial for the majority of people
- Will everyone do well on these? Not necessarily, it’s worth testing both options to see how your body responds individually
- Gene testing didn’t seem to offer any benefit in this study
- Quality of food matters (on any diet)
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