Even in a post-Atkins world, most people still prefer the low-fat dieting approach to a low-carb diet, Gallup reported Aug. 17.
Maybe we just really love our pasta and bread. While the number of Americans who think low-carbohydrate diets have the biggest benefits for the average person has risen from 23 percent in 2004 to 30 percent in 2012, the vast majority — 63 percent — still think a diet low in fat is most beneficial, the survey says.
Women are more likely to favor a diet low in carbohydrates (36 percent) than men (24 percent), the latter of whom prefer low-fat diets by a wide margin (69 percent). In addition, more overweight Americans think low-carb diets are the most beneficial (34 percent) compared to 28 percent of normal-weight individuals.
One recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that low-carb diets help people burn calories more efficiently than low-fat diets, though some experts say there’s no significant distinction between different types of diets, and that a calorie is just a calorie.
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