Is this bad news from the world of dietary academics? Your low carb diet is doing nothing special and it turns out that your mother was right: eat your vegetables.

I went to nutrition school 9 years ago, where we learned that the best diet for you was individual for you. It made logical sense, and has since spread through popular culture to become “common knowledge” in the past decade.

I’ve had clients convinced that they are genetically predisposed to gaining weight: “just by looking at a carb”.

But is it a fact?

Turns out: not so much.

A Stanford study released in February 2018 and published in JAMA demonstrated that in 600 overweight adults, genetics didn’t matter when it came to the most effective diet for weight loss.

What mattered?

  • Consuming few processed foods
  • Consuming few sugary drinks
  • Consuming few unhealthy fats
  • Eating many vegetables

Importantly, it didn’t matter if participants were on a low carbohydrate or low fat diet. Nor did their genes or insulin levels impact the end results.

So there it is — again. Reducing or eliminating carbs is a caloric reduction method that results in weight loss. But so is reducing or eliminating fat. Low carb diets do not result in better or different results when it comes to weight loss than any other caloric restriction method: and there’s no genetic predisposition that makes you more susceptible to gaining weight from “carbs”. Sorry.

Caloric reductions mean success if it reduces processed food intake, reduced unhealthy fat intake, reduces sugary drink intake and increases vegetable intake.

There’s no magic bullet.

Not even your genes.

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