Researchers have found that a diet very low in carbohydrates and high in healthy fats can improve one's metabolic health, body composition and fat distribution. A team from the University of Alabama placed people on the VLCD, high-fat diet for eight weeks and observed that the group 'consuming the very low-carbohydrate diet lost more weight and total fat mass than the control diet group.' Published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism, the authors of the study said that older adults with obesity are at a high risk of developing cardiometabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The research aimed to determine if the modified diet would deplete these fat depots and preserve lean mass without intentional caloric restriction in older adults. Lead author of the study explained that the diet 'can be a safe, therapeutic option for older adults in their 70s experiencing obesity.'