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Higher sugar intake after gastric surgery predicts greater weight loss
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TWO YEARS AFTER GASTRIC SURGERY patients consuming the most sugar had lost the most weight according to a recent study.
A total of 409 severely obese subjects who had undergone vertical banded gastroplasty, gastric banding or gastric bypass were followed for two years.
The one-fourth of people eating the most sugar (more than 142 grams per day) had lost 65.8 pounds compared to 55.2 lbs in the one-fourth of people eating the least sugar (less than 72 grams).
Sugar intake before surgery also did not predict weight outcome.
The authors said that it seems unlikely that the higher sugar intake is the cause of greater weight loss, but more likely to be changes in other aspects of the diet.
They also noted that large weight losses are likely to be associated with low quality diets requiring vitamin and mineral supplementation.
Lindroos A-K, Lissner L, Sjostrom L. Weight change in relation to intake of sugar and sweet foods before and after weight reducing gastric surgery. International Journal of Obesity, July 1996, 20(7):634-43.
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