So scientists just did another study pitting low-carb diets against low-fat diets. They took a bunch of overweight Australians, put some on low carb and some on low fat diets, and followed them for a year. Both groups lost about the same amount of weight (30 lbs), but by the end, who was in a better mood?
Well, looks like the Low Fat team won this round.
Yep: the low-fat dieters were feeling significantly more chipper after a year of dieting than the low-carb group.
But here's the most shocking result the researchers found:
After the first eight weeks, both groups improved in mood. And while the Low-Carbers went back to baseline, the Low-Fatters remained more upbeat than they were when they started, even a year later.
But wait a minute... isn't dieting supposed to be miserable? Doesn't it make us feel anxious, pissy, deprived, fatigued, and depressed?
Well, apparently not for this group. But the low carbers couldn't hang on to their improved moods, while the low-fatters did.Read more »