A major study of diets came to an interesting conclusion about which ones actually work

Reaching for the low-fat alternative at the grocery store seems like an easy way to lose weight, but it’s not making much of a difference, according to a new study published Oct. 29 in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

A team of Harvard researchers reviewed 53 different randomized control trials that included over 68,000 people. They compared low-fat diets to low-carb diets, other high-fat diets, and participants’ usual diets and found that people on low-fat diets didn’t lose more weight than people following other kinds of diets.

“In fact,” the authors concluded in the study, “higher-fat, low-carbohydrate dietary interventions led to a slight but significant, greater long-term weight loss than did low-fat interventions.”

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