Low-carb diets could be best for losing weight

Leslie Hanson
November 18, 2018

The study, carried out in the U.S. by Boston Children's Hospital, and three major universities, tracked the weight of 164 adults, all of whom had lost around 1.5 stone already on a controlled 10-week diet.

The best way to maintain weight loss may be to change your diet to one low in carbohydrates, according to new research. Over three years, if the participants continued their diet, the researchers estimate that they could lose up to 20 pounds.

Study participants were put into three groups: a high-carb diet group (60 percent carbs, 20 percent protein, 20 percent fat), a medium-carb diet group (40 percent carbs, 40 percent fat, 20 percent protein), and a low-carb diet group (20 percent carbs, 20 percent protein, 60 percent fat).

"We found that the type of diet people ate had a major impact on their metabolism. Those on the low-carbohydrate diet burned about 250 calories a day more than those on the high-carbohydrate diet, even though all the groups were the same weight", said Dr. David Ludwig, principal investigator of the study and co-director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children's Hospital.

Strictly limiting carbohydrates and eating more fat may help the body burn more calories, a new clinical trial shows, according to CBS News.

Naveed Sattar, a professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Glasgow, also warned about interpreting the findings of the study.


Presenting their findings at the worldwide Obesity Week conference in Nashville, Tennessee, doctors said a low-carb diet could allow formerly overweight patients to live a healthier life by keeping the pounds off long term.

"A low glycemic load, high-fat diet might facilitate weight loss maintenance beyond the conventional focus on restricting energy intake and encouraging physical activity".

Scientists were specifically looking at how the diets affected everyone's metabolism and, overall, the participants in the low-carb group had to actually eat more calories than the other group to maintain their weight. A few investigations have demonstrated that following low-carb diets can roll out a huge improvement in every one of the five indications of metabolic disorder.

"So, in short, I don't believe this work changes anything and nor does it convince me that low carb diets are meaningfully better to relevant health outcomes".

Kevin McConway an emeritus professor of applied statistics at the Open University wrote that the different diets consists foods that may differ in carbohydrate and fat content so it is another fact that can influence the results as well as the energy level.

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