In this paper I will briefly examine the evolution of theories about the effects of diet composition on the regulation of food intake and body weight. I will then review the evidence regarding the usefulness of high-carbohydrate/lowfat diets for weight loss, weight maintenance, and prevention of weight gain. Over the years, various macronutrients in food (carbohydrate/sugar or fat) have been targeted as either the cause of obesity or the solution to successful weight loss in obese individuals. Lowcarbohydrate diets (including low-sugar diets), high-fiber diets and low-fat diets have all been “in vogue” at different times.
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Vol. 10 Núm.2. Abril-Junio 1999 Pags. 107-128. Rev Biomed 1999; 10(2)