Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet Found to Benefit Older Adults with Obesity

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Do you know your BMI? Is it over 30?

     

If your BMI is over 30, it falls within the obese range. That means a higher risk for cardiometabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

   

In a word, it’s bad and we need to lose weight if we are in the obese range. But it is hard to lose weight when we are young, and even more so while we age. What is the easiest way to lower the risk of disease development and improve body conditions?

    

    

According to a recent study, a low-carb, high-fat diet might help.

    

Note: If you don’t know your BMI, check the calculator here: https://healthtopquestions.com/bmi-calculator/.

     

What did the study say?

    

In the study published in Nutrition and Metabolism, researchers confirmed that low-carb, high-fat diets are overall better than low-fat diets for improvements in body composition, fat distribution and metabolic health of older people. A high consumption of very low-carb foods is found to deplete the fat depots in the body and result in weight loss. It also has positive effects on diabetes and can further improve the outcomes related to cardiometabolic diseases.

  

      

What is a low-fat, high-fat diet?

   

A low-carb, high-fat diet, also known as an LCHF or keto diet, involves eating low-carbohydrate and high-fat foods. The reason why it is recommended may be that, with limited carbohydrates intake, the body will begin to burn fat stores for energy and lead to weight loss.

     

A sample of a low-carb, high-fat diet is shown below:

   

    

Think twice before you try the LCHF diet

    

Does that mean a YES to the low-carb, high-fat diet? Not necessarily.

    

There have long been doubts about the long-term health of people trying LCHF diets. A low-carb, high-fat diet seems to be an unbalanced diet with insufficient intake of fiber and micronutrients. It may cause nutritional deficiency, cholesterol issues, and other problems.

   

    

Older adults with declined body functions and vulnerable organs need to be more cautious. It is essential that you consult a healthcare professional before implementing an LCHF diet.

 

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