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    Weight regain after 6 months similar with low-fat, monounsaturated fat or control diets: 5-8 lbs

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    Friday, November 07, 2008 1:19 am Email this article
    People who had lost an average of 27 pounds in two months on a low-calorie diet of 800-1000 calories per day, regained a similar amount of weight when they were fed a low-fat diet, a high monounsaturated fat diet or a control diet according to a study from Denmark.

    Subjects in the low-fat group regained an average of 4.8 pounds in six months.

    Subjects in the high monounsaturated fat group regained an average of 5.5 pounds in six months.

    Subjects in the control group regained an average of 8.4 pounds.

    Conclusion: None of the diet superior to one another at maintaining weight loss

    “In conclusion, none of the tested diets were superior to one another in maintaining weight loss,” the authors of the study concluded.

    “The favorable effects of a low-fat diet (ie, lower body fat regain) and of the new Healthy Eating Pyramid diet (on diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk factors) may not turn out to be very important if the weight is eventually regained.

    “The real challenge is to maintain body weight loss and to prevent subsequent relapse.

    “We need to look further than diet composition and other factors such as physical activity, and eating behavior needs to be taken into consideration for the prevention of obesity.”



    Subjects: 131 people

    The study finished with 131 overweight and obese people who were 18- to 35-years-old with an average body mass index (BMI) of 31.



    Gender: 55 men, 76 women

    Subjects included 55 men and 76 women.


    Diet Composition

    Diet composition: 40% protein, 40% carbs, 20% fat

    The diet contained approximately 40 percent protein, 40 percent carbohydrates and 20 percent fat.


    Due A, Larsen TM, Mu H, Hermansen K, Stender S, Astrup A. Comparison of 3 ad libitum diets for weight-loss maintenance, risk of cardiovascular disease, and diabetes: A 6-mo randomized, controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Apr, 87(4):1232-41.


    Arne Astrup
    Department of Human Nutrition
    Centre for Advanced Food Studies
    Faculty of Life Sciences
    University of Copenhagen
    Frederiksberg C, Denmark
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