Turns out, when it comes to weight loss it doesn't matter if you're "Team Low-Carb" or "Team Low-Fat" -- you're both winners.
Results recently released from a two-year study conducted by researchers at Temple University in Philadelphia found that both diets whittle that bulging waistline at similar speeds.
But if you MUST choose sides (you picky dieter, you!), you may find it interesting to know that the low-carb diet was associated with more reports of bad breath, hair loss, constipation and dry mouth in the first six to 12 months of the study.
"Even though both groups in the study lost weight and improved their overall health profile, the low-carbers reported more adverse effects because of the nutritional deficiencies in the diet," says Christy Maskeroni, MS RD, a nutritionist and private trainer at CLAY in New York City. "The nutritional breakdown of the low-fat diet (55 percent carbs, 15 percent protein, 30 percent fat) is a more sensible and balanced approach for individuals trying to lose weight."