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Low-cal, low-fat diet that contains sugar causes a weight loss of 5 percent
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 2:25 pm Email this article
People eating a low-calorie, low-fat diet that contained sugar, to make it more palatable, lost an average of 5.2 percent of their bodyweight in three months according to a new study from England.
Seventy-six overweight sedentary men between the ages of 25- and 60-years-old completed the study.
The men lost an average of 11.2 percent of their bodyfat. Waist-to-hip ratio fell by 3 percent.
On average, the men:
- decreased their calorie intake by 770 calories per day,
- decreased their percent of calories as fat from 38 percent to 26 percent,
- increased their percent of calories from carbohydrates from 44 percent to 54 percent, and
- increased their percent of calories from protein from 17 percent to 21 percent.
“ncluding sugar-containing foods in a weight-reducing diet may be an effective strategy to achieve a palatable, low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet, which promotes weight loss in overweight individuals,” the authors of the study concluded.
Drummond S, Dixon K, Griffin J, De Looy A. Weight loss on an energy-restricted, low-fat, sugar-containing diet in overweight sedentary men. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2004 Jul, 55(4):279-90.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Centre for Nutrition and Food Research
Queen Margaret University College
EH12 8TS Edinburgh, UK
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