Which diet is best for weight loss and metabolic health?

Low-fat, low-carbohydrate, high-protein, intermittent fasting, commercial slimming programs, the Mediterranean approach ... which one is best?

Nutrition academics from the University of Glasgow set out to determine whether there really is an optimal diet for weight management and metabolic health.

Their review of major dietary studies confirms that there is not.

“There is no optimal macronutrient distribution for weight management,” conclude George Thom and Professor Mike Lean in the journal Gastroenterology.

Weight loss itself is the key, they say, and sticking to a diet, pretty much any diet, is the best bet.

“Weight loss improves almost all obesity related co-morbidities and metabolic markers, regardless of the macronutrient composition of the diet,” write the researchers.

Their study shows that low-fat diets tend to improve LDL-cholesterol most,