Thursday, November 04, 2010

Low Carb Diet Better For Cardiovascular Health Than Low Fat Diet

Low Carb Diet Better For Cardiovascular Health Than Low Fat Diet

Researchers from of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University, Philadelphia have revealed that after a two-year comparison, a low-carb diet fares about as well as a low-fat diet with regards to weight loss, but low-carb improves cardiovascular risk factors more.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine, explained that cardiovascular risk factors, such as blood pressure and lipid (cholesterol) levels responded better with the low-carb diet. Both diets produce identical weight loss when coupled with comprehensive behavior treatment

Put simply - it appears that both diets are equally good for losing weight, but the low-carb diet protects you from potential coronary heart diseases more effectively.

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Among the participants in the two diet groups, the researchers found:

* Weight - no differences at any point during the study. About 7% loss of weight at two years in both groups.
* Body composition - no differences at any point during the study
* Bone mineral density - no differences at any point during the study
* Good cholesterol levels - double the increase among the low-carb group compared to the low-fat group at two years. 23% and 11% respectively.

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"Weight and Metabolic Outcomes After 2 Years on a Low-Carbohydrate Versus Low-Fat Diet - A Randomized Trial"
Gary D. Foster, PhD, Holly R. Wyatt, MD, James O. Hill, PhD, Angela P. Makris, PhD, RD, Diane L. Rosenbaum, BA, Carrie Brill, BS, Richard I. Stein, PhD, B. Selma Mohammed, MD, PhD, Bernard Miller, MD, Daniel J. Rader, MD, Babette Zemel, PhD, Thomas A. Wadden, PhD, Thomas Tenhave, PhD, Craig W. Newcomb, MS, Samuel Klein, MD
Annals of Internal Medicine August 3, 2010 vol. 153 no. 3 147-157

More and more good research coming out on low carb the last few years, all of it good. When Atkins was big, people said "where's the evidence that this way of eating works and is safe?", but studies had not been done, because researchers were busy trying fruitlessly to "prove" fat was bad. Now that the attention is focused on low carb, the consensus of the research seems to indicate same or greater weight loss, on low carb vs. low fat, but much better readings on blood pressure, HDL, cholesterol, triglycerides, etc. This study is one of many.

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