LOS ANGELES (WCCO) — A new study shows a controversial diet plan may actually be the quickest way to safely shed pounds.

After the explosion in popularity of Atkins and similar diets that advise more meats and fewer carbohydrates, doctors went on the defensive saying this was one recipe not to follow because it could lead to heart disease.

A new Johns Hopkins study, however, found that these diets don’t harm the arteries, at least in the short term.

According to the study, participants who exercised on a high-fat diet also lost weight faster — 10 pounds in 45 days. Those who exercised on a low-fat high-carb diet took 70 days to lose the same amount of weight.

Researchers say they’re going to test the study participants again in six months to find longer term results.

“What will affect your arteries may take a long time to build up,” said nutritionist Karen Congro. “So, in the beginning it all seems well. But eventually, if you remain on a very high saturated fat, we know for a fact you probably will have a problem.”

Comments (6)
  1. Joe says:

    Members of the Weston A. Price Foundation have known this for a long, long time. The “Low-fat diet” is junk science. Fat-free makes you fat. They fed skim milk to pigs to fatten them up, you know!

  2. Mike D says:

    what a crock. I have the My Fitness Pal app on my phone and log all my food, stay around my recommended caloric intake, exercise everyday and have lost 20 lbs in a month. It’s all about eating healthy and exersicing. These fad diets are all a bunch of bull

    1. kieron says:

      Sounds like doing all that work, apping, logging etc is all the exercise you need, Mike.

    2. Sounds like a lot of work to lose some weight. By doing this “fad” diet, you just eat real food all the time and don’t have to worry about it.

  3. Victim Du Jour says:

    Everything is different variations of corn bi-products. And they used corn to fatten up livestock too.

    Now I am seeing breads advertise they don’t contain high fructose corn syrup.

    SNL has a funny TV ad about “corn syrup producers of America”

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