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    Low-carb diets cause weight loss because of decreased calorie intake

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    Wednesday, October 13, 2010 5:47 am Email this article
    Low carbohydrate diets cause weight loss because of decreased calorie intake, not because of reduced carbohydrate content according to a recent review of low-carb diets.

    They found that weight loss in people on low-carbohydrate diets “was principally associated with decreased caloric intake and increased diet duration but not with reduced carbohydrate content,” the authors concluded.

    However, it is still important to point out that people on low-carb diets eat fewer calories without trying.

    Other research has found that high-protein diets are more thermogenic than lower protein diets, that is, they increase metabolism.


    Bravata D, Sanders L, Huang J, Krumholz H, Olkin I, Gardner C, Bravata D. Efficacy and safety of low-carbohydrate diets: a systematic review. JAMA. 2003 Apr 9, 289(14):1837-50.

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