Non-NGSS Articles

Dietary Fat Restriction Results in More Body Fat Loss than Carbohydrate Restriction

Calorie for Calorie, Dietary Fat Restriction Results in More Body Fat Loss than Carbohydrate Restriction in People with Obesity

SUMMARY: This is a small study that look at 19 people and whether or not a low-carbohydrate diet or low-fat diet was better at reducing the amount of body fat. The results found that low-fat diets worked better than low-carbohydrate diets at reducing body fat. The diets were the same when it came to the amount of calories; also, the low-fat diet had the same amount of sugar as a regular (baseline) diet.

LESSON COMMENT: This is a good article to read along with (Effect of low-fat diet interventions) because these are two very different studies with different results. One is a review of many studies and the other is an experiment on a small group of people. Based on the results, companies can pick and choose the studies that support their diet claims and accurately say that their theory is “backed by science”. I think many discussions in both science and social studies/history class can come from these two seemingly contradicting studies. How many times in the past have people used scientific evidence as a way to justify something cruel and inhumane?

Hall, K. D., Bemis, T., Brychta, R., Chen, K. Y., Courville, A., Crayner, E. J., Goodwin, S., Guo, J., Howard, L., Knuth, N. D., Miller, B. V., Prado, C. M., Siervo, M., Skarulis, M. C., Walter, M., Walter, P. J., … Yannai, L. (2015). Calorie for Calorie, Dietary Fat Restriction Results in More Body Fat Loss than Carbohydrate Restriction in People with Obesity. Cell metabolism, 22(3), 427-36.