In a recent study, scientists used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to map body fat deposits over 18 months in people following two types of diet: Mediterranean/low-carb diets and low-fat diets. The study mapped the distribution and quantity of specific body fat deposits in 278 sedentary adults using MRI, analyzing 300 data points in moderately overweight to obese patients.
The results showed that the best strategy for reducing fat deposits around the liver (-29%), the abdomen (-22%) and the heart (-11%) was to combine moderate exercise with a Mediterranean diet, even if weight loss may not be significant. Only fat around the neck and kidneys was not reduced. In fact, this was only altered by weight loss rather than specific lifestyle strategies.
In conclusion, the study authors suggest improving the nutritional quality of diets rather than fixating on the number on the scale.
“We learned in this trial that moderate, but persistent, weight loss may have dramatic beneficial effects on fat deposits related to diabetes and cardiovascular diseases,” explains Prof. Iris Shai, one of the lead researchers. “A Mediterranean diet, rich in unsaturated fats and low in carbohydrates, was a more effective strategy than an iso-caloric low-fat diet to dramatically reverse morbid fat storage sites.”
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