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Big breakfast with lots of protein & carbs causes more weight loss than low-protein, low-carbs
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A recent study suggests that eating a low-calorie diet limited to 1240 calories per day that includes a big breakfast containing 610 calories with lots of protein (47 grams), some fat (22 grams) and a moderate amount of carbohydrates (58 grams) causes more weight loss than eating low-calorie diet containing 1085 calories per day that includes a small breakfast (290 calories) with a small amount of protein (12 grams), a small amount of carbohydrates (7 grams), and the same amount of fat (22 grams) -- "low calorie, low carb".
After four months, women on the diet with the low-calorie, low-carb diet that included a small breakfast had lost 28 pounds compared to 23 pounds for those who ate the big breakfast with lots of protein and a moderate amount of carbs.
However, after eight months, women eating the big breakfast had lost 44.5 pounds compared to only 10 pounds for those in the low-calorie, low card group -- the low-calorie, low-carb group having regained 18 pounds.
As a percentage of body weight, those who ate the big breakfast had lost 21 percent of their body weight compared to only 4.5 percent for those in the low-calorie, low-carb group. Comment
Comment: This study was about a high-protein, moderate carbohydrate breakfast
This study did not show that eating more carbohydrates at breakfast causes more weight loss.
What this study did show was that eating lots more protein for breakfast (47 grams versus 12 grams) and a moderate amount of carbohydrates (58 grams versus 7 grams) causes more weight loss long-term than a small breakfast that is very low in protein and very low in carbohydrates.
As has been shown in previous research, my guess is that this type of diet was simply easy for the women to follow long-term than was the very-low-carbohydrate diet which is why they continued to lose weight from the fourth month to the eighth month as opposed to the women in the low-carb, small breakfast group who regained weight during this period.
Subjects: 94 obese, physically-inactive women
The study involved 94 obese, physically-inactive women.
This study was done by Daniela Jakubowicz, MD from the Hospital de Clinicas, Caracas, Venzezuela along with researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Dr. Jakubowicz said she has been recommending this type of diet to her patients for 15 years.
The results were presented on Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 at The Endocrine Society’s 90th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, USA.
Jakubowicz D. Big breakfast leads to big weight loss. The Endocrine Society’s 90th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. 2008 June 17, http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5g-_bHPm1rf_HMfN89TKZKznLfehttp://www.endo-society.org/
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On Nov 16, 2008 at 2:48 am Itsme wrote:
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I think you have the numbers mixed up in the following part of your post. They seem to disagree with the findings of the study. Here you're saying that the women on the low-carb low-protein breakfast lost the most weight, but you also say that the women on the other diet lost the most.
After eight months, women on the diet with the low-carb, low-protein breakfast had lost 44.5 pounds compared to 10 pounds for those on the diet with the big breakfast, having regained 18 pounds.
On Nov 16, 2008 at 9:39 am Larry Hobbs wrote:
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You are correct.
I corrected the wording of this article.
Thanks for your input.
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