The Truth About High Fat Diets

For some strange reason there has been a pendulum swing from low fat to high fat diets over the last decade. As high fat diets have become popular, there have been many claims made about the use of high fat diets and why they might be the best tool for fat loss.

Interesting data-driven article about the many misconceptions of high-fat diets.  I’ll admit to riding the Keto wave for a while and I felt pretty good while on it.  Finally started eating carbs in greater numbers again a couple of years ago when I hit a plateau at the gym.

There’s a section on satiety that I’d like to see more data on because it doesn’t jive with my own experience, but if there is one takeaway from the article you should remember it’s this:

Dietary fat is stored as body fat with roughly 96% efficiency. Dietary carbohydrate is stored as body fat with roughly 80% efficiency, while it is stored as muscle glycogen with roughly 95% efficiency. It is quite clear that dietary fat is stored far more efficiently as body fat than carbohydrate.

We can say with about 95.8% confidence that diets high in fat intake are more efficient at storing food calories as fat than diets high in carbohydrate intake.

Source: Science Driven Nutrition