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    Women gained back more fat following weight loss on high-fat diet than high-protein or high-carb

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    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:16 pm Email this article
    Women lost more weight during the first six months when instructed to eat a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet (18.7 pounds or 8.7 percent of their body weight) or a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet (17.6 lbs or 8.5 percent) compared to a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet (13 pounds or 6 percent of their body weight) according to a recent study from researchers at the Edgar National Centre for Diabetes Research in Dunedin, New Zealand, but those in the high-fat group gained back more body fat (5.1 pounds) than those in the high-protein group, who gained back 2 pounds of body fat, or those in the high-carbohydrate group who gained back 1.8 pounds of body fat. Likely Reason For Greater Regain of Body Fat

    Likely reason due to eating high-fat foods, but not limiting carbohydrates as instructed

    It seems likely to me that the reason for this was that women in the high-fat group continued to eat high-fat foods, but did not limit their carbohydrate intake as much as they were instructed to which was no more than 50 grams of carbohydrates per day.

    Eating too many carbohydrates reduces the burning of body fat which can lead to weight gain.


    McAuley K, Smith K, Taylor R, Mclay R, Williams S, Mann J. Long-term effects of popular dietary approaches on weight loss and features of insulin resistance. Int J Obes (Lond). 2006 Feb, 30(2):342-49.


    Edgar National Centre for Diabetes Research, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

    Professor J. I. Mann
    Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences
    Edgar National Centre for Diabetes Research
    University of Otago
    PO Box 913
    Dunedin, New Zealand
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