The Skinny on Getting Lean: Low-Carb vs. Low fats

What if you do a year-long study of low-carb diets versus low-fat diets? The media breaks out, of course. In the case of a recent study by the Universities of Johns Hopkins and Tulane that showed that low-carb diets performed better on nearly every possible metric, the media hype was almost palpable.

But did the study actually show what headlines were getting across? Headlines don't usually tell the full story, even on our website. So, it's important to see what these studies are actually telling us - and that sometimes takes hours of reading and researching. Most of us don't have the time, but luckily there are experts out there who can break the facts down for us. And that's exactly what we've done here.

Kamal Patel is the co-founder of, one of the largest nutrition research resources on the Internet. He's been writing about nutrition for more than 20 years, so he knows more about the subject than the Instagram influencers who hotly pick up on this study or the journalists trying to break it down.

In this article, all of the jargon is taken out of the research report and presented in a way that anyone can understand. That way, the next time your gym brother or uncle tries to tell you something that isn't obviously true, you'll be armed with the facts.

Low-carb and low-fat diets are among the hottest eating habits. It is therefore important to understand what is real and what is not.

Let's take a look at the top takeaways and see how they can affect your diet.

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