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    Women with diabetes lose nearly twice as much fat with high-protein diet


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    Tuesday, October 12, 2004 7:06 am Email this article
    Women with type II diabetes lose nearly twice as much bodyfat eating a high-protein diet as those eating a low-protein diet according to a recent study from Australia.

    WOMEN’S FAT LOSS: 11.6 LBS VS 6.2 LBS

    Weight loss was similar in both the high-protein and low-protein groups, however, women eating a high-protein diet lost an average of 11.6 pounds of bodyfat in three months compared to 6.2 pounds for women eating a low-protein diet.

    MEN LOST MORE BODYFAT ON LOW-PROTEIN DIET

    Interestingly, men eating the high-protein diet did not lose more bodyfat than men eating the low-protein diet, in fact, just the opposite.

    Men in the high-protein group lost an average of 8.6 pounds of bodyfat compared to 11.2 pounds in the low-protein group, although the difference between the groups was not statistically significant.

    LDL CHOLESTEROL DECREASED MORE ON HIGH-PROTEIN DIET: 5.7% VS 2.7%

    Also of interest is that levels of LDL cholesterol fell more on the high-protein diet than the low-protein diet: -5.7 percent versus -2.7 percent.

    This is interesting because one of the potential concerns of high-protein diets has been the worry that they increase LDL cholesterol.

    DIET COMPOSITION: 28% VS 16%

    The high-protein diet contained 28 percent protein, 42 percent carbohydrates, and 28 percent fat.

    The high-protein diet contained 16 percent protein, 55 percent carbohydrates, and 26 percent fat.

    DIET: 1600 CALORIES FOR TWO MONTHS, MAINTENANCE ONE MONTH

    The diets contained 1600 calories for the first two months, followed by one month of enough calories to maintain their weight.

    SUBJECTS: 54 OBESE MEN AND WOMEN WITH TYPE II DIABETES

    The study involved 54 obese men and women with type II diabetes.

    REFERENCE

    Luscombe N, Clifton P, Noakes M, Parker B, Wittert G. Effects of energy-restricted diets containing increased protein on weight loss, resting energy expenditure, and the thermic effect of feeding in type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2002 Apr, 25(4):652-57.

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