Many people claim that their diet (e.g. keto, paleo, South Beach, low carb, Atkins, vegan, “plant-based” etc.) is the ONLY way to lose weight and be healthy.
For every macronutrient-based diet (e.g. low carb, low fat, keto, If It Fits Your Macros, etc.), you can find thousands of success stories from people who get great results by following a specific macronutrient ratio. But you can also find plenty of people that the particular macronutrient ratio didn’t work for.
Stanford University recently carried out a groundbreaking year-long study (DIETFITS) with more than six hundred participants. They found that (regardless of genetics, insulin levels or blood sugars), participants following either the low-fat or low-carb diet both achieved similar weight loss and improvements in metabolic health markers.
So, if it’s not about carbs or fat, why do we still have an obesity epidemic?
The answer is, optimal nutrition needs us to go beyond merely thinking in terms of macronutrients (i.e. carbs, fats, and protein).
The critical learnings from the Stanford DIETFITS study were that: