Low-carb diets result in more weight loss following six months of such a regime than low-fat diets, but both regimes see similar levels of weight loss after a year according to two studies published in USA’s Annals of Internal Medicine.

The first, conducted at Duke University followed 120 moderately obese people over six-months. During that time, 12 kilograms were shed in the low-carb group, compared to 6.5 kilograms in the low-fat group.

The second study, conducted at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia, followed 132 severely obese adults for one year.

At six-months, the low-carbers lost more weight than the low-fat group.
After six months however, weight stabilised for the low-carb group, while it continued to drop for the low-fat group.