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More Studies Endorse the Low Carb Diet.

According to studies by US researchers, greater weight loss was achieved by following a low-carb, high-protein diet, than following a traditional low fat diet. In addition, cholesterol levels improved on the low carb diet when compared to a low fat diet.

The first study, carried out at Duke University Medical Center, took 120 obese adults and assigned them to either a low-carbohydrate diet, or a conventional diet (restricting caloric intake to 500 calories per day with less than 30 per cent of calories from fat).

After six months, the people on the low carb diet had lost an average of 12 kilos, compared to an average of 6.4 kilos in the conventional low-fat diet group. Cholesterol levels also improved more on a low carb diet compared to a low fat diet.

The second study also yielded similar results, as scientists from the University of Pennsylvania Medical Centre subjected 132 obese adults to either a low carbohydrate or low fat diet. The study found that after six months the subjects on the low carb diet lost the most weight and had improved fat levels. However, at 12 months both groups had lost similar amounts of weight.

The low fat group continued to lose weight from 6 to 12 months while the average weight in the low carbohydrate group had remained steady after 6 months.

The study was quick to point out that the findings were limited by a high drop-out rate (34 per cent) and the strictness to which participants stuck to the dietary regime.

Last year a survey estimated that around 3 million people in the UK had tried a low carb diet. The emphasis on replacing one of the main food groups while substantially increasing another has some nutritionists worried. But the new studies seem to suggest that not only does a low carb diet work but there also seems to be additional health benefits.

The long term implications of subscribing to this diet regime have yet to be discovered as is the safety of following this plan in high risk patients – such as in individuals with renal and kidney problems.

However, with the recent alarming obesity statistics many will be tempted by the amazing success rate of the low carbohydrate diet.