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    Low-Carb diet causes 20 pound weight loss in six months

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    Tuesday, October 19, 2004 6:58 am Email this article
    People lost 19.8 pounds, or 10.3 percent of their bodyweight, and reduced body mass index (BMI) by 3.2 units in six months eating a very-low-carbohydrate diet according to a recent study. Percent bodyfat decreased 2.9 percent

    Percent bodyfat decreased by an average of 2.9 percent.

    Cholesterol levels decreased by 11 mg/dl

    Total cholesterol levels fell by an average of 11 mg per deciliter.

    LDL levels fell by 10 mg/dl

    LDL cholesterol levels fell by an average of 10 mg per deciliter. This is interesting, because some studies have found low-carbohydrate diets increase levels of LDL cholesterol.

    Triglycerides fell by 56 mg/dl

    Triglyceride levels fell by an average of 56 mg per deciliter.

    HDL levels increased by 10 mg/dl

    HDL cholesterol levels increased by an average of 10 mg per deciliter. HDL cholesterol is considered protective against heart disease.

    No serious adverse effects

    There were no serious adverse effects.

    80% completed the study

    Forty-one of the fifty subjects (80 percent) completed the six month study.


    Westman E, Yancy W, Edman J, Tomlin K, Perkins C. Effect of 6-month adherence to a very low carbohydrate diet program. Am J Med. 2002 Jul, 113(1):30-36.


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