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Low-carb dieters maintain a similar amount of weight loss as low-fat dieters
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 12:42 pm Email this article
"It is possible to achieve and maintain long-term weight loss using a low-carbohydrate diet," concludes a paper from researchers at Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Subjects
Subjects: 96 low-carb dieters vs 795 other dieters
Ninety-six low-carb dieters who lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for at least a year were compared to 795 other dieters who are enrolled in the National Weight Control Registry between 1998 and 2001.
3 Year Weight Gain
3 year weight gain: 15.4 lbs vs 12.5 lbs
After 3 years, low-carb dieters had regained a similar amount of weight as other dieters, usually following a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet—an average of 15.4 pounds for the low-carb dieters compared to 12.5 pounds for other dieters.
Low-carb dieters ate 500 calories more than other dieters
This despite the fact that low-carb dieters ate about 500 calories more per day (1895 calories versus 1398), more fat (61 percent versus 31 percent), and showed less dietary restraint.
Phelan S, Wyatt H, Nassery S, Dibello J, Fava JL, Hill JO, Wing RR. Three-year weight change in successful weight losers who lost weight on a low-carbohydrate diet. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Oct, 15(10):2470-77.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Brown Medical School
196 Richmond Street
Providence, RI 02903
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