We seem to be at an interesting time in history for human nutrition.
In the 1980's, the USDA declared that eating a diet low in fat was the healthy way to go, and most of world followed. This has led to a massive 30+ year experiment on low-fat, high-carb diets that is still ongoing.
But with rapid increases in incidents of obesity and related health problems (e.g. diabetes, heart disease) since the 1980's, the idea that a low-fat diet might not be so great is starting to sound less and less crazy.
To think that the "experts" may have been wrong all this time still boggles my mind.
After personally experimenting with a low-carb diet and getting six-pack abs in the process, I'm in favor of eating low-carb (including LOTS of veggies and moderate protein/fat) rather than a traditional high-carb diet.
(Side note: I'm even more in favor of cutting out processed foods and eating a diet based on natural, whole foods, which I'm becoming increasingly convinced may be more important than how much carbohydrate one consumes, but I'll need to test this in a future experiment.)
But don't just take my word for it.
Below is a compilation of videos (who wants to read studies anyway?) from reputable media outlets and institutions that discuss some of the existing research comparing low-fat vs low-carb diets.
Check out these videos, ask questions and try to arrive at your own conclusions. Or better yet, get inspired and try your own low-carb, biohacking experiment!
I'm excited to see what happens as more long-term studies are carried out and mainstream media continues to get the word out that perhaps a low-fat diet isn't all that it's been cracked up be.
Low-Carb vs. Low-Fat: Which Diet is Better?
Discovery News, September 2014 (Thanks to Steve Chiu for referring this video!)
Ending the War on Fat
The Battle of the Diets: Is Anyone Winning (At Losing?)
The Atkins Diet
BBC Horizon, 2004
The USDA Great Nutrition Debate
USDA, February 2000
If you come across other videos discussing studies comparing low-fat vs low-carb diets, particularly studies where low-fat wins, please let me know and I'll add them to the list!